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The Promethean politics of Milton, Blake, and Shelley

Author: Linda M Lewis
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1992.
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For more than two millennia, the myth of Prometheus has fascinated writers and artists. The complex and resonant story of the rebellious Titan who stole fire from the Olympic gods to bestow it upon humanity has remained the prototypical commentary on tyranny and rebellion. Examining the political core of this myth as presented in the poetic tradition, Linda M. Lewis traces Promethean figures and imagery in the major  Read more...
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Lewis, Linda M., 1942-
Promethean politics of Milton, Blake, and Shelley.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)556130265
Named Person: Prometheus, (Greek deity); Percy Bysshe Shelley; William Blake; John Milton; Aeschylus; Aeschylus.; William Blake; John Milton; Percy Bysshe Shelley; William Blake; Prometheus.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Linda M Lewis
ISBN: 0826208053 9780826208057
OCLC Number: 24870736
Description: xii, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Aeschylus's Prometheus and Titan Iconography --
2. Titanism and Dantesque Revolt --
3. Prometheus as Icon in Milton's Paradise Lost --
4. Blake's Orc as Promethean Rebel, Los as Promethean Imagination --
5. Tyrant and Rebel in Shelley's Prometheus Unbound.
Responsibility: Linda M. Lewis.

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