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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... poet ) or with a relatively simple , straightforward structure ( like those of Horace , an ancient Latin poet ) . Occasionally , poets will themselves identify their poem with a certain type , as Gray does with his " Elegy Written in a ...
... poet's personal involvement with the fate of this other young man and his poetic career : Yet once more , O ye laurels , and once more Ye myrtles brown , with ivy never sere , I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude , And with ...
... poet in the future , the villagers will not necessarily be sympathetic or un- derstanding . As expressed by the older man , their point of view toward the odd poet is that he seemed to have nothing better to do but wander around the ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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