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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... stressed and unstressed syllables ( the natural pattern in English but not in all languages ) to give a certain rhythm to their poems . The most common pattern is a unit composed of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable ...
... stressed , not the short and unimportant " of . " The word " foreign " then has somewhat greater stress on its first syllable , perhaps to underscore the fact that the estate has its foundation in native design . Any change in the ...
... stressed ( two spondees again ) and thus echo the stressed four at the beginning of the poem with the same essential message : Death is nothing to fear because its power is strictly limited . The speaker's clever diminishment of Death ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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