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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... serious limitation on its usefulness for practically any topic . Donne here ( as in the other Holy Sonnets ) employs it with typical virtuosity . In December 1623 Donne became seriously ill with a fever that had been devastating parts ...
... serious commentary on political and religious issues in verse , producing some of the finest work in English literature on such matters . After the Glorious Revolution , he lost his official government positions due to his conversion to ...
... serious enemy and put a price of £ 300 on the head of the anonymous author of some popular tracts that vigorously opposed English policies toward Ireland ( most notably , the Drapier's Letters ) . Although everyone knew Swift had ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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