Structure in Milton's Poetry: from the Foundation to the Pinnacles
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1974 - 202 pagina's
Milton's skill in constructing poems whose structure is determined, not by rule or precedent, but by the thought to be expressed, is one of his chief accomplishments as a creative artist. Professor Condee analyzes seventeen of Milton's poems, both early and late, well and badly organized, in order to trace the poet's developing ability to create increasingly complex poetic structures.
Three aspects of Milton's use of poetic structure are stressed: the relation of the parts to the whole and parts to parts, his ability to unite actual events with the poetic situation, and his use and variation of literary tradition to establish the desired structural unity.
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For example , in Paradise Lost the actual events of Adam's temptation , fall , and partial restoration set forth a Miltonic concept of heroism . Related to the narrative of these events is the fact that epic poetry has been the ...
( X. 914-16 , 927-36 ) Clearly the relation of the Aeneid to Paradise Lost here , the relation of Nisus to Eve , is not merely passive parallelism : Nisus and Eve are self - sacrificing heroes , but Nisus's heroism is that of the sword ...
As the temptations proceed through Satan's offer of worldly power we surely ought to see a reverse relation to the conventional epic ; Aeneas proved his physical heroism by founding Rome ; Christ proves His spiritual heroism by refusing ...
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