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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... stanza Donne continues his questioning of God . As in the first stanza the questions occupy the first four lines , one question to two lines : Wilt thou forgive that sin by which I have won Others to sin ? and made my sin their door ...
... stanza he employs more end rhyme than in the first , using just two sounds through these lines as well as alliteration ( note the ws and the ss ) , repetition , and consonance ( especially the I sound ) . Nevertheless , the lines flow ...
... stanza , the speaker modulates his tone to suggest that the bug will no doubt find a better meal on a poor person , implying a concern for its welfare ( but not much for the poor ) . In the next stanza the speaker describes where the ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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