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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... sense . When the scarf is " thrown " about the shoulders , the sense does not stop at the end of the line , but flows on to the next . The " here and there " slows down the movement to imitate the desultory nature of the lace and echoes ...
... sense of being undeserving , even after Love has suggested that he is worthy . In order to underscore this invitation to his reluctant guest , Love gently grasps the speaker's hand and points out that he is the creator of the eyes ...
... sense . Some beams of wit on other souls may fall , Strike through , and make a lucid interval ; But Sh ------ ' s genuine night admits no ray , His rising fogs prevail upon the day . " ( 13-24 ) It is a portrait of marvelous wit and ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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