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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... thou art not so ; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow Die not , poor Death , nor yet canst thou kill me . From rest and sleep , which but thy pictures be , Much pleasure ; then from thee much more must flow , And soonest ...
... Thou art not , Penshurst , built to envious show , Of touch or marble ; nor canst boast a row Of polished pillars , or a roof of gold ; Thou hast no lantern whereof tales are told , Or stair , or courts ; but stand'st an ancient pile ...
... thou but been sae wise , As ta'en thy ain wife Kate's advice ! She tauld thee weel thou was a skellum , A blethering , blustering , drunken blellum ; That frae November till October , Ae market - day thou was nae sober ; That ilka ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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