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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... soul's form bends toward the East " ( lines 9-10 ) , to suggest how his body is moving toward the setting sun , or death , as he rides toward a friend's house , while his soul goes in the opposite direction , toward the rising sun ( the ...
... soul the nearest way . ( 25-36 ) Levet's goodness may have been limited in scope , as Johnson acknowledges , but it ... soul from the burden of the body , so that , it would seem , his soul could return to his Father . 198 The Pleasure ...
... soul to a composedness charmed , Finding the elements of rage disarmed , O'er all below a solemn quiet grown , Joys in the inferior world , and thinks it like her own : In such a night let me abroad remain , Till morning breaks , and ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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