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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... poets will themselves identify their poem with a certain type , as Gray does with his " Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard . " The elegy was a common type of poem , often formal and elaborate like the ode and reflecting about life ...
... poem , Four Quartets . ) Ferrar had the manuscript published with great care in the same year , and Herbert soon became one of the most admired and cited religious poets in English . His reputation faded somewhat during the eighteenth ...
... poem's subject . Dryden wrote it to explain and justify his faith in the Anglican Church , the national religion ... poem set the tone by invoking the sun , moon , and stars in a poetic way to introduce one of the central themes of the ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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