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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expressions of a state of mind , a sense of joyful wonder which pervades the whole poem . The questions are not doubts or quests for the justification of things , but a happy surprise at apprehending the renewed freshness of the world .
His phrase , “ the theme of this Ode [ is ] the triumph of the infant Christ over the gods of paganism , " 5 is mistaken in a very enlightening way : there is no triumph in the poem in the sense that , for example , Christ in Book VI of ...
... which functions to give Paradise Regained its internalized progression — again , one needs the term “ metaphysical ” in its Aristotelean sense : the structural progression of Paradise Regained is , in this sense , metaphysical .
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