[Milton-L] Best extract of Paradise Lost
swanjesseg at netscape.net
Sun Nov 14 10:47:06 EST 2004
I agree with Carol Barton's, "All of them!" though here I'll recommend
the deliciously sarcastic praise of science and ironic condemnation of
individual ambition: 9.679 ff., "[Tempter to the Tree:] O Sacred, Wise,
and Wisdom-giving Plant, / Mother of Science . . . . [to Eve:] Queen of
this universe, doe not believe / Those rigid threats of Death. . . .
look on mee, / Mee who have touch'd and tasted, yet both live, / And
life more perfet have attaind then Fate / Meant mee, by ventring higher
then my Lot."
Duran, Angelica wrote:
> Dear Alexandra,
> I agree that we need a little more information to answer your question
> fully. One that might help since you mention that you are French is
> 1.260-270, which contains the section "Better to reign in Hell..."
> because I know that the fist Spanish translation of Paradise Lost
> which advertises itself as based on the French translation omits that
> blasphemous line and modifies the surrounding context.
> If you are just interested in contemporary Miltonists' favorite lines,
> one of my favorites is "Servant of God, well done."
> Angelica Duran
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> From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu on behalf of Dr.
> Carol Barton
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> Interesting in what respect, Alexandra? It would be helpful if
> you identified the reason for your inquiry and the level of your
> studies. (Are you an undergraduate or graduate student, a
> professor, or an independent scholar?) Your question is a very
> general one, and since it is a matter of personal preference, it
> is not easy to answer. (Some of us might be tempted to respond,
> "All of them!")
> Best to all,
> Carol Barton
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> Hi all !
> I'm Alexandra and I'm French, i would like to know
> according to welll learned members you are, could you tell
> me what is the most interestinng passage in the Paradis lost ?
> thanks a lot
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