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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... sound and the assonance of the long i in the first line , the continuing alliteration of ms and ss , and the assonance of the oo sound in the later lines . This passage is a melodious feast meant to underscore music's power over our ...
... sounds that they immediately bow down in worship ; only a god could create such loveliness and power . Thus Dryden shows ... sound patterns . Dryden manages to create wonderful verbal music as he narrates the powerful impact of music's ...
... sound and rhythm to his subject . In some well - known lines , he advises read- ers to listen carefully to the sound of the verse as well as to its meaning : True ease in writing comes from art , not chance , As those move easiest who ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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