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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... passion for Abelard despite their years of sep- aration and her confinement in a convent . Her passion has been reignited after a letter he wrote to a friend explaining their love came into her hands . The poem begins : In these deep ...
... passion or irrationality . The lady's scarf gives the effect of a " fine distraction , " that is , it can be a diversion or it can be an obsession , a light interest or a passionate one . The lace is said to be " erring , " that is ...
... passion cannot Music raise and quell ! When Jubal struck the corded shell , His listening brethren stood around , stringed And , wondering , on their faces fell To worship that celestial sound . Less than a god they thought there could ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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