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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... wrote masques for the Court and for wealthy noblemen , often in conjunction with Inigo Jones , a prominent architect and set designer . ( Masques were dramatic spectacles with elaborate costumes , sets , music , and dancing for the ...
... wrote in a great variety of forms , with many different themes and voices . Perhaps his favorite genre early on was the epigram , a brief , often witty type of poem , of which he wrote quite a few . They could be sharp and satiric like ...
... wrote both comedies and heroic tragedies with some success , along with occasional poetry and criti- cism , then became more involved in politics after he was appointed Histo- riographer Royal and Poet Laureate by Charles II . In the ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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