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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... thee late a rosy wreath , Not so much honoring thee , As giving it a hope that there It could not withered be . But thou thereon didst only breathe , And sent'st it back to me ; recently Since when it grows and smells , I swear , Not of ...
... thee by the hand , that thou likewise With him may'st rise ; That , as his death calcined thee to dust , His life may make thee gold , and , much more , just . burned to powder ( 1-6 ) He calls on his heart to rejoice in song , for ...
... thee Chiefly I sought , without thee can despise . before ( 9 : 876-878 ) Her claim to divinity is false , of course , as is her claim to have done it for him . The lies begin , and nothing can stop the downward spiral of their ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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