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 adapts the structure of his form to the sense and the development of the imagery , the rhythm , and other poetic features . There are , of course , many other kinds of poems , like the epic , the ballad , and the epigram , along ...
... poetic practices that he scorned . In the next passage Pope moves to the positive side of the account , de- scribing his ideal poetic practice . He shows how the poet must adapt his sound and rhythm to his subject . In some well - known ...
... POET OF NATURE Only recently have women come to be recognized as important poetic voices in the eighteenth century . Before that time only a few ever published their poetry , and never to much acclaim . It is true , of course , that ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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