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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Milton limits himself to a situation in which almost nothing physical happens . While Paradise Lost sweeps through centuries and literally from Heaven to Hell , with battles , love scenes , spiritual crises , violence , and death ...
... physical search , in Paradise Lost , for " another World , the happy seat / Of some new Race call'd Man ” ( II . ... both Satan and Jesus further on — not to physical adventures and explorations , but deeper into themselves .
in the poem to concepts of higher virtue at the end , and to the explicit exaltation of the Christian virtues of patience and humility over the conventional epic virtues of physical courage and martial skill .
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