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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... 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 ( called iambic ) ...
... syllable lines and their four stressed syllables the poem is in iambic tetrameter . It also is made up of couplets ( two successive lines that rhyme ) in mainly end - stopped lines ( where the sense of the phrase or clause is completed ...
... syllables in contrast to the four stresses in the preceding lines brings emphasis as well as closure . The rhyme scheme is extraordinary in having only two sounds used in alternating lines , yet it sounds natural , not strained . The ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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