[Milton-L] Milton and Camoes

John Geraghty johnegeraghty at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 4 15:40:54 EST 2007

A very nice quality hardback (Gordon Press) copy of Mickle’s Lusiad, at a
bargain price -9.95, can be found  at Run for Cover Books:



I bought a copy from them several years ago as well as Fletcher’s  “Use of
the Bible in Milton’s Prose” –only 7.95:




Has anyone done any serious speculation on whether Milton could have read
the Fanshawe edition?


I did just find this useful online the section from  Martz’s “Poet of Exile”



I don’t think Martz pointes out, as Fallon does quoting Masson, that
Fanshawe succeeded Milton as Secretary of Foreign Tongues (Fallon says
“Languages”) at the restoration;









It would be wonderful if someone would put a “table of parallelisms”
together like Edmundson did  for  Vondel’s  Lucifer.  I would  enjoy
comparing these.

A  table  that  has  Camoes Original,  Fanshawe’s  1655, and Milton’s  X
Book PL would be great.


Edmundson simply does:


Lucifer Act I        Paradise Lost

Line 13                  Book III, line 741  




It would be nice to eventually plug these all in to a grid  then plug in
other epics and works of relevance (like Genesis B).


Also, since you are interested in Mickle,  you might not know Dr. Johnson,
according to Boswell, once considered translating the Lusiad.


See this and a section on Mickle and the Lusiad at:





Finally,  I just wanted to point out the poet Roy Campbell’s great interest
in Camoes.  You should really take a look at his work if you have not


I just reread his “Flaming Terrapin”   -not a Grateful Dead album-  (1924)
last night.  


Campbell’s poem “Luis de Camoes” starts:


CAMOES, alone, of all the lyric race,

Born in the black aurora of disaster,

Can look a common soldier if the face:

I find a comrade where I sought a master:



A bit rambling, but I hope some is helpful




Descend Thalia with a Song

>From Heav’n: my Queen, I’de have it long

To the shril Pipe or to the Flute

The Viol or Apollo’s Lute


R ockets of flame from parallels of steel

A nd, as the rails curve, shoots from flanks of brass

T angents of fire to singe the whiskered grass

S o the mad Terrapin, with mighty shoulders

      Shunting the hills, moved upon rolling boulders

      That, like huge wheels, propelled with savage might,

      Revolved their molten globes across the night

  T  ill far upon a mountain’s twinkling spire

  H  e saw the Devil on his throne of fire

  R  uling the world: and launched his fatal shock

  O  f thunder: as it leapt from rock to rock

  B   lackening

Its tattered fringes

The old fiend heard it come, and pale with fear

Felt his harsh tresses writhe themselves and rear



For weary months from cliff to crag he fell

Until at last the grim recess of hell

Stunned by his fall, gave forth a horrid groan




S  erved only to discover sights of woe,

R  egions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace

A  nd rest can never dwell, hope never comes

T  hat comes to all, but torture without end

S  urges, and a fiery deluge, fed

  With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed.

  Such place Eternal Justice has prepared

  For those rebellious; here their prison ordained

  In utter darkness, and their portion set,

  As far removed from God and light of Heaven

  As from the centre thrice to th' utmost pole.


SATR with RATS tail and falling STARS:



“Written in the Stars: Poetry and Philosophy in the Phaenomena of Aratus”















From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu
[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Angelica Duran
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 9:53 AM
To: John Milton Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Milton and Camoes


Dear Erick,

I am glad you already have the Braga play.  Do you know if it has been
translated into English?  

My forthcoming books are Milton among Spaniards and Milton in
Hispanoamerica.  I have resisted placing them with a press, though, until
mid-2008.  So, if you cannot list them, that is fine.  At this time, I have
one article and one chapter that have been published and are available.
Please list those if they are at all relevant. If not, of course, I totally

“Milton Among Hispanics: Jorge Luis Borges and Milton’s ‘Condemnation of
     Prose Studies 28.2 (August 2006): 234-44. 

“The Textual Conversation of Las Casas’s Brevísima Relación and Its 1656
     Translation.”  Approaches to Teaching the Writings of Bartolomé de Las
     Eds. Santa Arias and Eyda M. Merediz. New York: MLA Press, 2007.

Best of luck in all you do.

Angelica Duran
Associate Professor
English and Comparative Literature
Purdue University
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
(765) 496-3957
<duran0 at purdue.edu>


From: Erick Ramalho <ramalhoerick at yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:48:27 +0000 (GMT)
To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Milton and Camoes

Professor Shawcross, 
I do thank you for the valuable information. I´ll go at once for these
articles and, particularly, for Mickle’s book. All of those, I´ve just
realised, are of the utmost importance to my present work.
I have just finished my translation into Portuguese of Milton’s Latin and
Greek poems. The book is going to be published next year. In my introduction
I deal with the broad Renaissance context in which Milton wrote, and my
readers, being mostly native speakers of Portuguese, are quite interested in
possible links between Milton and Camões. By the way, concerning a different
topic in this introduction of mine, I´m indebted to your essay ‘The Poet as
Orator: One Phase of His Judicial Pose’.

Angelica Duran, 

I also thank you very much for you attention. It is very kind of you to
offer me a copy of the play. I´m afraid I might have it already, though. I
believe this is the one by the nineteenth century playwright Costa Braga,
isn’t it? Based on a Spanish similar play? That’s the one I´ve got. Anyway,
I do thank you. 
As a matter of fact, I would like to include your forthcoming books in my
bibliography, for I’ll certainly have readers who are going to be as
interested in your topic as I am. Could you please send me further
information on your books, such as possible release dates, publishing house,
etc. I´ll have my introduction finished by Christmas, until which date I can
include as many books as I like in my references. 






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