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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... kind of image , a symbol , to concentrate or enhance their meaning . A symbol is generally an object that stands for some- thing else , like a flag for a country or the swastika for Nazi Germany . Often , it is enough just to mention ...
... kind of plant for what it is , a thing of beauty and an object of adoration . The implication is that the pursuit of human love and beauty is just as futile and destructive as the pursuit of worldly honors . Marvell's sym- bolic use of ...
... kind ; Nor , lettered Arrogance , deny Thy praise to merit unrefined . helpful , kind ( 1-12 ) Everyone is subject to the false encouragement of hope , Johnson suggests , even as " we " labor each day in the tedious , seemingly ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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