[Milton-L] Strier, disquised departures
bcarlb at comcast.net
Fri Aug 11 13:49:07 EDT 2006
Prof. Strier wrote,
> From my point of view, it does no good to quote stuff where the poem looks
> or sounds like standard Christian theology (death for death, etc), since M
> wants the poem to look that way. PL works to disguise M's major
> departures from normative Xtianity-- and he seems to have convinced his
> critics to see him as more orthodox than he actually was (as an Arian,
> mortalist, rationalist, etc). Whether M merely wants, in some sense, to
> have it both ways here; or whether he is doing some sort of "Straussian"
> devious thing; or whether he expected closed readers to notice the sham;
> or whether he was confused and contradictory in what he believed; or
> whether he did not want to own up to his lack of use for the central
> mythos of Xtianity-- I do not know.
Should "gnostic" or "cabalistic" be added to this fine catalog of possible
_disguised departures_ in Milton? (perhaps subsumed under "Straussian?")
Separate question: are there any indications in Puritan, or Quaker
literature, or other Protestant permutations in Milton's England, of
cabalistical/gnostic/mystical interests such as would inform poetic
Were the Cambridge Platonists allowed under some Protestant standard, or
considered entirely outside the pale?
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