[Milton-L] The War in Heaven

Salwa Khoddam skhoddam at cox.net
Sun Jul 9 14:05:07 EDT 2006

What I'm wondering is why does it have to be an either/or interpretation?  In literary responses usually there are several relevant interpretations.  So I would say it is more like both/and.  Yes, the war in heaven is an epic convention  that goes back to Homer and Virgil, but it is also a poweful emblem in Milton, and many visual artists in the Western Tradition, of the conquest of the angel Michael over the dragon (Satan) based on Rev. 12. 7-9. 
Salwa Khoddam
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mike Selby 
  To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu 
  Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 12:08 PM
  Subject: [Milton-L] The War in Heaven

  Our reading group is arguing about The War In Heaven.   Some think it is a brilliant summation of the struggle in Paradise Lost, but others are convinced is that the tale is inconsistent, and was Milton's attempt to draw out his epic to make it fit the epic structure.    Can anyone help me?  Thank-you

  Mike Selby


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