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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... words to characterize the subject they are attacking or mocking . John Dryden , in his satire on a fellow dramatist called " Mac Flecknoe , " slips in a few such words when he describes the area around a training school for actors ...
... words seem rather imagined than realistic . That is , the " thing's " words are designed to reflect his attitude of superiority rather than what he might have actually said . The man's appearance asserts his proud title to nobility ...
... words through the rhyme . When words like “ pre- tense " are made to chime with " sense " and " ray " with " day , " the poet heightens Shadwell's failings , in contrasting them to the ideal . Sometimes Dryden uses biblical allusions to ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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