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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... write several highly successful comedies , including Volpone ( 1606 ) and The Alchemist ( 1610 ) , which are still performed today . He also wrote masques for the Court and for wealthy noblemen , often in conjunction with Inigo Jones ...
... write smoothly and correctly , but not with genius . He ridicules those who fill their lines with " expletives " to make up the right number of feet , and create absurd lines like this simplistic one : " And ten low words oft creep in ...
... writer in the first place . Why should he suffer all this abuse for a career that began in innocence and goodwill ? His statement of his beginnings as a poet is a classic of rhetorical idealizing : Why did I write ? What sin to me ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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