Kristin A. Pruitt, Charles W. Durham
Susquehanna University Press, 2005 - 257 pages
In The Reason of Church Government, a thirty-three-year-old John Milton writes of his hope that by labour and intent study... joyn'd with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to aftertimes, as they should not willingly let it die. Even the young Milton, committed as he was to achieving a place in the annals of poetic history, might have been surprised by the strenuous efforts in aftertimes to keep his legacy alive. The fifteen essays that comprise this collection focus, from varied perspectives, on Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and A Mask, poems that have attracted sustained critical attention. Several consider shorter poems, such as the Nativity Ode, The Passion, Upon the Circumcision, and Sonnet 14. Some pursue issues of sources, authorship, and audience, while still others probe extant biographical records or reflect on the author as biographical subject. Diverse though they are in subject matter, approaches, and emphases, all demonstrate how Milton scholarship in the twenty-first century continues to be committed to not willingly let ting] Milton's literary legacy die. Kristin A. Brothers University. Charles W. Durham is professor emeritus of English at Middle Tennessee State University, and is president of the Milton Society of America.
Adam and Eve Adam's angel Apollinian Apollo Areopagitica argues argument asserts audience authority authorship biblical biography Cain and Abel Catholic Charles Christ Christian Christmas Church Circumcision cited parenthetically claims Compos'd Comus Comus's context critical Dionysus divine Doctrine edition England English epic essay ESTC Eve's faith Father freedom God-angel Gospel Heaven hierarchy interpretation John Milton Johnson Junius manuscript King Lady literary Lives London Lord manuscript Mask masque McColley Milton Studies Milton's poem Milton's poetry moral myth Nativity Ode Nietzsche Nietzsche's notes Oxford pamphlet parable parabolic Householder Paradise Lost Paradise Regained Parliament Passion poet poetic political post-Caroline praise prose Protestant Puritan Puritan funeral sermons Raphael readers reading references to Milton's religious Renaissance Richard Baxter Riley Parker Samson Agonistes Samuel Johnson Satan Scripture sermons for women seventeenth-century Sonnet 14 Spirit suggests temptation textual thee Thomas thou tion tradition tragedy tragic virtue Welsh William words writing
Page 13 - ... an inward prompting which now grew daily upon me, that by labour and intent study, which I take to be my portion in- this life, joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to after-times, as they should not willingly let it die.