Inside "Paradise Lost": Reading the Designs of Milton's Epic

Inside "Paradise Lost": Reading the Designs of Milton's Epic

By: David Quint (author)Paperback

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Inside "Paradise Lost" opens up new readings and ways of reading Milton's epic poem by mapping out the intricacies of its narrative and symbolic designs and by revealing and exploring the deeply allusive texture of its verse. David Quint's comprehensive study demonstrates how systematic patterns of allusion and keywords give structure and coherence both to individual books of Paradise Lost and to the overarching relationship among its books and episodes. Looking at poems within the poem, Quint provides new interpretations as he takes readers through the major subjects of Paradise Lost--its relationship to epic tradition and the Bible, its cosmology and politics, and its dramas of human choice. Quint shows how Milton radically revises the epic tradition and the Genesis story itself by arguing that it is better to create than destroy, by telling the reader to make love, not war, and by appearing to ratify Adam's decision to fall and die with his wife. The Milton of this Paradise Lost is a Christian humanist who believes in the power and freedom of human moral agency. As this indispensable guide and reference takes us inside the poetry of Milton's masterpiece, Paradise Lost reveals itself in new formal configurations and unsuspected levels of meaning and design.

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David Quint is Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. His books include Epic and Empire, Cervantes's Novel of Modern Times, and Montaigne and the Quality of Mercy (all Princeton).


Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1.MILTON'S BOOK OF NUMBERS: BOOK 1 AND ITS CATALOG 15 The Shape of the Catalog 17 Moloch and Belial 1 18 Moloch and Saturn 1 19 Moloch and Saturn 2: A Miniature Aeneid 20 Moloch and Belial 2: Libya and Sodom 22 Egypt 23 The Catalog and Pandaemonium 24 The Logic of the Similes in Book 1 26 Raising Devils 29 Appendix: Demonic Swashbucklers 35 2.ULYSSES AND THE DEVILS: THE UNITY OF BOOK 2 38 The Council 41 Moloch and Belial Again: Ajax and Ulysses 42 Mammon and Beelzebub: A Thersites Is Rebuked 48 Satan and the Doloneia 50 Meanwhile, Back in Hell ... 52 Milton's Telegony 55 Satan's Odyssey 58 Whose Odyssey? 59 3.FEAR OF FALLING: ICARUS, PHAETHON, AND LUCRETIUS 63 Icarus and Satan's Fall Through Chaos 64 Virgil and Lucretius 64 Dante, Tasso, Ovid 67 Satan Voyager 71 Phaethon, the Son, and the War in Heaven 75 Flight and Fall 85 A Poetry Against Falling 88 4.LIGHT, VISION, AND THE UNITY OF BOOK 3 93 Structure and Design 96 Universal Blank 99 Vision 106 The Sun 109 The Paradise of Fools 111 Sun Worshippers 114 Poetry and Science 118 5.THE POLITICS OF ENVY 122 Envy and the New Dispensation 124 Angels and Courtiers 132 Brotherhood versus Kingship in Books 11-12 144 6.GETTING WHAT YOU WISH FOR: A READING OF THE FALL153 The Seduction of Eve 156 The Second Adam as Second Eve 169 Adam's Choice: "One flesh" 176 "Not vastly disproportionall" 185 Changing Places 188 Appendix: A Note on the Separation Scene 195 7.REVERSING THE FALL IN BOOK 10 197 Virgilian Coordinates and the End of Satan 200 Creation and Anti-creation 202 Anti-triumphs 203 The Triumphs of the Son 206 Satan's Triumph 208 Adam and the Winds 211 The Recovery of Human Choice 212 Cherishing Eve 218 Dido and Armida; Creusa 219 Pandora 223 The Exposed Matron 229 8.LEAVING EDEN 234 Deconsecrated Earth 236 Good-bye 245 Notes 249 Bibliography 285 Index 301

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  • publication date: 14/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780691159744
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780691159744
  • weight: 457
  • ISBN10: 0691159742

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