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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... scene , still declaiming , through a trapdoor in the stage floor , like an actual scene from one of Shadwell's plays , leaving his robe behind , as Elijah left his mantle to the younger prophet Elisha when he was carried to heaven in a ...
... scene is set for the dramatic confron- tation between Belinda and the Baron . Canto 3 depicts the battle between them over ombre , a popular card game of the time . Pope describes this as an epic contest between hero and heroine with ...
... scene in which Lorenzo , a few moments later , lyrically describes the beauty of their love and its fulfillment with these familiar words : " How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank , " allowing the music of the night and of the ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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