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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... voice of the bard , in fact , helps to unify and direct this long , complex poem in ways that reflect Milton's purpose in it . Other invocations occur at the beginning of Book 7 and Book 9 , where he declares that he " now must change ...
... voice shows how Milton can vary his poetic voice ac- cording to the context . His manner is not only the " grand style " of the epic , but incorporates a vast range of tone , nuance , and feeling . Eve's offer to accept all the ...
... voice to their thoughts as well as imagine a variety of situations that dramatize his vision with artistic grace and power . His own voice is no doubt that of seventeenth - century English Puritanism , but in many ways it is still ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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