[Milton-L] [Fwd: Re: When and how did the canon die?]

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Mon Nov 21 10:26:38 EST 2005


Er, actually, Carrol, it wasn't a non sequitur in my original context, which you
did not include.

JL

Quoting Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu>:

> 
> 
> Jameela Lares wrote:
> > 
> >   Just so, Milton
> > is really good.  He's not going to go away.
> 
> This, I suspect, is a non sequitur. Milton is indeed 'really good,' but
> it does not necessarily follow from that that he will not go away.
> 
> There are, and increasingly will be, simply more "really good" writers
> in the world than can be held in human consciousness. Rather many of
> them "will go away." I think this perspective, incidentally, throws
> light on the Temptation of Athens. That episode is perhaps the earliest
> implicit recognition of the flood of authors (not just bad authors) that
> Martinus Scriblerus speaks of in his introduction to the Dunciad.
> 
> Carrol
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