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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... language employed by the author . Poets will normally adapt their diction to their subject , unless they wish to mark a contrast or juxtapose the language to the context . For example , Milton , in composing his epic , Paradise Lost ...
... language , contributing to the ridicule of his target and to his mock - epic form . The connotations of the poet's words are often more important than their denotation , so that his- torical notes on the language may be necessary to ...
... language , like Shakespeare and other writers of this time , even in the most somber moments . Such cleverness surely does not cancel out the profound nature of the topic and its treatment . Once again Donne reveals himself to be a poet ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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