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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But Milton's use of the pastoral tradition in “ Lycidas ” —in fact in all three poems — has a relation to the structural aspects of the later poems and illuminates the direction that his poetic development was taking .
But the relation of the date of Samson Agonistes to that of the two epics can only be called uncertain . Since it must be placed somewhere in the sequence of this study , let it be here — that is , before the publication of Paradise ...
( 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 ...
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