[Milton-L] Directly

Judith Herz jherz at alcor.concordia.ca
Sat Jul 29 16:47:45 EDT 2006


But it is a comparison:
small star/ moon; pendant world/ heaven.
Judith Herz
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  In a message dated 7/29/2006 2:08:35 PM Central Daylight Time, jefferyhodges at yahoo.com writes:
    And fast by hanging in a golden Chain
    This pendant world, in bigness as a Starr
    Of smallest Magnitude close by the Moon.
  Sorry, I've missed most of this thread, but don't these lines suggest that "this pendant world" (i.e. the earth) is "close by the moon"? If "this pendant world" IS the cosmos then wouldn't the moon be part of it? Would it make sense to say "This pendant cosmos, which is only as big as the smallest star, is hanging close by the moon"? It seems that the "world" and the moon sit next to one another...well, like the moon and the earth. Is there another grammatical reading that I'm missing? I do agree that at this point his perspective of the "world" would be from quite far away since it does appear so small.

  Jake


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