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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Even the rhyme scheme of the opening lines of " Lycidas ” looks forward to the closing lines and imparts both unity and progression to the poem.30 This dynamic unity , like that which thirty years later will give Paradise Lost its ...
Their partial knowledge and partial ignorance are way - stations in the progression of the poem toward the moment of illumination . We must see that progression toward true understanding as similar to , but a development beyond ...
The epic tradition here is a poetic instrument which functions to give Paradise Regained its internalized progression — again , one needs the term “ metaphysical ” in its Aristotelean sense : the structural progression of Paradise ...
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