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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Its only “ problem , ” if we look at the poem this way , is to “ afford a Present to the Infant God ” ( 16 ) , “ to welcome him to this his new abode " ( 18 ) . And the poem concludes not when the poetic structure has supplied the ...
9 These parts are inextricable : “ The three movements each present a single modification of the simple contrast preserved throughout the poem , between images suggesting light and harmony , and images of gloom and discord .
But rush upon me thronging , and present Times past , what once I was , and what am now . ( 12-22 ) The reason that some critics have found Samson marmoreal is this characteristic that Milton builds into Samson's personality : Milton ...
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