[Milton-L] O Eve, in evil hour...
john.hale at stonebow.otago.ac.nz
Thu Nov 17 16:35:27 EST 2005
We get our minds to grasp ideas by oppositions, just as we do with words
(Saussure). But ideas, like words or things or people may not be so
binary on closer inspection. It is just as natural and useful to think
along a scale or a spectrum, or if the quantities are large enough, in a
Gaussian cocked-hat curve. Aristotle found that virtue is both a middle or
mean and an absolute. So what further heuristic devices or metaphors
might now be brought to bear on Milton's puns?
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