The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns
The poetry produced by the British poets of the 17th and 18th centuries is considered to be among the best ever written. But many general readers feel intimidated by the language or structure of the poetry, and so tend to shy away from enjoying these poets and their works. Nelson takes readers on a tour of the major works and figures of 17th- and 18th-century British poetry, explaining major themes, devices, styles, language, rhythm, sound, tone, imagery, form, and meaning. Beginning each chapter with a sketch of the poet's life and career, the author then looks at five or six representative works, helping readers understand and appreciate the beauty of poetry itself.
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... images they select and the way they treat them help determine the effect they produce in the poem . For example ... image around which to focus our attention . Poets occasionally use a special kind of image , a 8 The Pleasure of Poetry.
... images . The images are ex- travagant , even absurd , with the speaker's “ vegetable love " growing in scope and time to cover the globe and the whole of human history . The poet focuses on the number of years he could devote to adoring ...
... images in the poet's mind . Such images recall the Flood that swamped the earth at the time of Noah , as Milton described it in Paradise Lost ( 11 : 238–240 ) . As he usually does , Swift adapts them to his purpose and setting by making ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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