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Author: Walter Raleigh
Publisher: New York, B. Blom [1967]
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Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922.
Milton.
New York, B. Blom [1967]
(OCoLC)570468853
Named Person: John Milton; John Milton; John Milton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Raleigh
OCLC Number: 1112057
Notes: Reprint of 1900 ed.
Description: xx, 286 pages 20 cm
Contents: Introduction : "Sciences of conceit" ; The difficulties and imperfections of literary criticism ; Illustrated in the case of Shakespeare ; And of Milton ; The character and temper of Milton ; Intensity, simplicity, egotism ; His estimate of himself --
I. John Milton : His birth and death ; His education ; Early life in London ; Ships and shipping ; Adventurers and players ; Milton and the Elizabethan drama ; The poetic masters of his youth ; State of the Church of England ; Baxter's testimony ; Growing unrest ; Milton's early poems ; The intrusion of politics ; The farewell to mirth ; The Restoration, and Milton's attitude ; The lost paradise of the early poems ; Milton's Puritanism ; His melancholy ; The political and public preoccupations of the later poems ; The drama of Milton's life ; His egotism explained ; An illustration from Lycidas ; The lost cause ; The ultimate triumph --
II. The prose works : Poets and politics ; Practical aim of Milton's prose writings ; The reforms of advocated by him, with one exception, unachieved ; Critical mourners over Milton's political writings ; The mourners comforted ; Milton's classification of his prose tracts ; The occasional nature of these tracts ; Allusions in the early prose works to the story of Samson, and to the theme of Paradise Lost ; Milton's attitude towards medieval romance, and towards the medieval Church ; His worship of liberty ; And of greatness ; His belief in human capacity and virtue ; Milton and Cromwell ; Milton's clear logic ; His tenacity ; His scurrility, and its excuse ; His fierce and fantastic wit ; Reappearance of these qualities in Paradise Lost ; The style of his prose works analyzed and illustrated ; His rich vocabulary ; His use of Saxon ; The making of an epic post --
III. Paradise lost: the scheme : Vastness of the theme ; Scenical opportunities ; The poetry independent of the creed ; Milton's choice of subject ; King Arthur ; Paradise Lost ; Attractions of the theme: primitive religion, natural beauty, dramatic interest ; Difficulties of the theme, and forbidden topics ; How Milton overcomes these difficulties by his episodes, his similes, and the tradition that he adopts concerning the fallen angels ; The cosmography of Paradise Lose ; Its chronology ; Some difficulties and inconsistencies ; Milton's spiritual beings, their physical embodiment ; The poem no treasury of wisdom, but a world-drama ; Its inhumanity and artificial elevation ; The effect of Milton's simpler figures drawn from rural life ; De Quincey's explanation of this effect ; Another explanation ; The homelessnes of Eden ; The enchanted palace and its engineer ; The tyranny of Milton's imagination ; Its effect on his diction --
IV. Paradise lost: the actors, the later poems : Milton's argumentative end ; Its bearing on the scenes in Heaven ; His political bias, and materialism ; Milton's Deity ; His Satan ; The minor devils ; Adam ; Eve ; Personal memories ; Adam's eulogy of Eve, critised by Raphael ; Milton's philosophy of love and beauty ; The opinions of Raphael, of Satan, an of Mrs. Millamast ; The comparative merits of Adam and Eve ; Milton's great epic effects ; His unity and large decorum ; Morning and evening ; Architectura effects ; The close of Paradise Lost ; Addison and Bentley ; Paradise Regained ; The choice of subject ; Milton's favourite theme, temptation ; Other possible subjects ; the Harrying of Hell ; Samson Agonistes ; The riddle of life --
V. The style of Milton: meter and diction : Difficulties of literary genealogy ; The ledger school of criticism ; Milton's strength and originality ; His choice of a sacred subject ; Earlier attempts in England and France ; Boileau's opinion ; Milton's choice of metre an innovation ; The little influence on Milton of Spenser and of Donne ; Milton a pupil of the dramatists ; The history of dramatic blank verse ; Milton's handling of the measure ; The "elements of musical delight" ; Tennyson's blank verse ; Milton's metrical licenses ; The Choruses of Samson Agonistes ; Milton's diction a close-wrought mosaic ; Compared with the diffuser diction of Spenser ; Conciseness of Virgil, Dryden, Pope, Milton ; Homer's repetitions ; Repetitions and "turns of words and thoughts" rare in Milton ; Double meanings of words ; Milton's puns ; Extenuating circumstances ; His mixed metaphors and violent syntax, due to compression ; Milton poetical style a dangerous model ; The spontaneity and license of his prose --
VI. The style of Milton: its influence on English poetry : The relation of Milton's work to the 17th century "reforms" of verse and prose ; The Classicism of Milton, and of the Augustans ; Classic and Romantic schools contrasted in their descriptions ; Milton's Chaos, Shakespeare's Dover Cliff ; Johnson's comments ; The besetting sins of the two schools ; Milton's physical machinery justified ; His use of abstract terms ; The splendid use of mean associations by Shakespeare ; Milton's wise avoidance of mean associations, and of realism ; Nature of his similes and figures ; His use of proper names ; His epic catalogues ; His personifications ; Loftiness of his perfected style ; The popularity of Paradise Lost ; Imitations, adaptations, and echoes of Milton's style during the 18th century ; His enormous influence ; The origin of "poetic diction" ; Milton's phraseology stolen by Pope, Thomson, and Gray ; The degradation of Milton's style by his pupils and paradists --
Epilogue : Milton's contemporaries ; The poetry of Religion, and of Love ; Henry Vaughan ; The Court lyrists ; Milton's contempt for them ; How they surpass him ; Sedley ; Rochester ; The prophet of the Lord and the sons of Belial ; Unique position of Milton in the history of our literature.
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