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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The relation of Samson Agonistes to Greek tragedy was thoroughly and skillfully dealt with by William Riley Parker more than thirty years ago , and the main direction of Parker's study remains valid.6 It does not need restating here .
Is this tragedy ? With some reservations , the answer must be yes . The similarities of Samson Agonistes to the tragedies of Aeschylus , Sophocles , and Euripides are too numerous and well known to recount here .
This passage in the Poetics caused endless controversy among Renaissance critics , especially since some of the tragedies of Euripides Electra , Ion , and Helen do not end with the protagonist defeated or dead.17 Scaliger rightly ...
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