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John Milton's epic invocations : converting the muse

Author: Philip Edward Phillips
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, 2000.
Series: Renaissance and Baroque studies and texts, v. 26.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A crisis over the function and identity of the Muse occurred in seventeenth-century religious poetry. How could Christian writers use a pagan device? Using rhetorical analysis, Phillips examines epic invocations in order to show how this crisis was eventually reconciled in the works of John Milton.
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Phillips, Philip Edward.
John Milton's epic invocations.
New York : Peter Lang, 2000
(OCoLC)606387569
Online version:
Phillips, Philip Edward.
John Milton's epic invocations.
New York : Peter Lang, 2000
(OCoLC)609927348
Named Person: John Milton; John Milton; John Milton; Musen; John Milton; John Milton
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Edward Phillips
ISBN: 0820441198 9780820441191
OCLC Number: 39195332
Description: xii, 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. Rejecting the Pagan Gods: Abraham Cowley and the Christian Muse. From "Muse's Hannibal" to Poet Militant. "In These Untrodden Paths to Sacred Fame": Cowley and Biblical Epic. From Christian to Martial Muse: Cowley's A Poem on the Late Civil War --
II. Milton's Early Invocations: From the Psalms to Comus. Preparations for an Epic Career. Milton's Poetic Nativity: On the Morning of Christ's Nativity. L'Allegro and Il Penseroso: Dueling Muses. Comus, or A Mask: Defining National Virtues --
III. "But Now My Oat Proceeds": Pastoral Legacy and Epic Beginnings in Lycidas and Epitaphium Damonis --
IV. From Clio to Urania: Milton's Epic Invocations in The History of Britain and Paradise Lost. Historical Epic Rejected. Milton's "Heavn'ly Muse": Epic Invocations in Paradise Lost.
Series Title: Renaissance and Baroque studies and texts, v. 26.
Responsibility: Philip Edward Phillips.

Abstract:

"A crisis over the function and identity of the Muse occurred in seventeenth-century religious poetry. How could Christian writers use a pagan device? Using rhetorical analysis, Phillips examines epic invocations in order to show how this crisis was eventually reconciled in the works of John Milton.

While predecessors such as Abraham Cowley and Guillaume du Bartas either rejected the pagan Muses outright or attempted to Christianize them, Milton invoked the inspirational power of the Muses throughout his poetic career.

In Paradise Lost, Milton confronts the tension between his Muse's "name" and "meaning." While never fully rejecting the Muse's pagan past, Milton's four proems (PL I, III, VII, and IX) increasingly emphasize the Muse's Christian "meaning" over her pagan "name." Ultimately, Milton's syncretic blending of pagan and Christian conventions restores vitality and resonance to the literary trope of the Muse."--Jacket.

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