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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... lives on in a better life , as well as in the memories of men on earth . He also introduces himself as one who ... live forever as the symbol of friend- ship based on the " simple love of greatness and of good / That knits brave ...
... live their lives to the fullest . The first line is famous , with its image of the rosebud , young and ripe with promise , standing for the love , beauty , and pleasure in life that we should enjoy while we can . The second line ...
... live , since it has accepted God's principles , which tran- scend the material existence of human life . In fact , it is only in the spiritual realm that the soul truly lives . The change in the refrain in line 4 of each stanza from the ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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