[Milton-L] help interpret a line

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton2 at btinternet.com
Wed Jan 21 01:41:22 EST 2004


From: "Robert Wiznura" <WiznuraR at macewan.ca>

>>
... the line is extremely regular, unlike the lines that surround it.
>>

        Your fear itself of death removes the fear

It's a strict iambic line, with "itself" chucked in to make the weight.

Not often that Milton (unlike Spenser) sticks words in simply to pad a line,
but this would seem to be a rare case where this occurs.

I fail to see what the problem is, or have I missed something?

Robin Hamilton.






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