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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... king , James , Elizabeth's cousin ( with whom they had been in correspondence for several years ) , to become their monarch , since the queen had never married and had no direct heir . At first James I was a popular king , especially ...
... king , when some members of Parliament ( M.P.'s ) attacked Charles's ministers as well as his policies and refused to provide any money until Charles agreed to their demands . The war was fought sporadically but bitterly over the next ...
... King's brother and a Catholic , which to many Englishmen was un- acceptable . In his poem Dryden dramatizes this narrative to defend the king . who wanted his brother to succeed him , and does so with great power , especially in ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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