A Companion to Milton by Thomas N. Corns

By Thomas N. Corns

The various and arguable global of latest Milton reviews is introduced alive during this stimulating Companion.

  • Winner of the Milton Society of America's Irene Samuels e-book Award in 2002.
  • Invites readers to discover and revel in Milton's wealthy and engaging work.
  • Comprises 29 clean and strong readings of Milton's texts and the contexts during which they have been created, every one written through a number one scholar.
  • Looks at literary construction and cultural ideologies, problems with politics, gender and faith, person Milton texts, different appropriate modern texts and responses to Milton over time.
  • Devotes a complete bankruptcy to every significant poem, and 4 to Paradise Lost.
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In what Laura Knoppers terms the ‘politics of joy’ following the Restoration, poets hailed the new era in Virgilian terms as a Golden Age restored, and celebrated Charles I1 as a new Augustus (Knoppers 1994: 67-122). His coronation procession was designed as a magnificent Roman triumph through elaborate Roman arches that identified him with Augustus, Aeneas and Neptune. Dryden’s Astraea Redax (1660) rings explicit changes on those motifs: ‘Oh Happy Age! O h times like those alone / By Fate reserv’d for Great Aagastas Throne’ (lines 320-1).

Hale What have Milton’s modern-day readers to gain from awareness of the classical literary tradition in which he repeatedly and explicitly placed himself? Should we press that question, indeed, and ask what is lost by unawareness or neglect of the tradition? Or should we put it aside, taking the view that nothing is lost, since there is always some other way of reading him which will yield the same understanding, and hence pleasure? Although these questions are too large and personal to receive balanced answers here, some suggestive ones will emerge from the following case studies.

Virgil’s were not the only ancient or Latin eclogues, but they have always taken pride of place in the genre: Evans starts where Milton in all probability started. And that security leads into a very fresh reading. That the oldest approach may here be the freshest suggests a wider need for awareness of Milton’s classical inheritance. Not just ‘Lycidas’but many of his works have Latin or Greek titles. We can see this with special clarity in cases where we have only the titles, from his list of titles of projected tragedies in the Trinity Manuscript (Milton 1970: 34-9).

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