[Milton-L] diagrams/illustrations of Milton's world/multiverse

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Wed Sep 19 18:01:59 EDT 2007

I don't know either.  I would think that Milton's cosmos would still be a single
entity despite its complexity and even its inclusion of chaos.

Milton's complex cosmos?


Quoting Michael Gillum <mgillum at unca.edu>:

> Jameela, I was just groping for a word. I don't know whether it has been
> applied to Milton's, er, thingamajig. The "-verse" root of "universe" refers
> to the turning of the geocentric cosmos, so it doesn't transfer very aptly.
> Because Milton's three created places parallel and invert each other in
> various ways, there is a dim analogy to the fantasy-fiction sense you
> describe.
> Each of the places could be called a cosmos. Would it be right to say each
> has its own set of natural laws? (In the physical, not the moral sense.)
> Michael
> On 9/19/07 12:39 PM, "Jameela Lares" <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu> wrote:
> > Are we agreed on the term "multiverse"?  In the only college-level
> dictionary
> > I
> > could find, the term was attributed to a coinage by William James for
> "chaos."
> > In the fantasy fiction I read, the term would appear to apply to multiple
> > worlds
> > that are parallel versions of each other but have split off from each other
> at
> > some crucial juncture.  Neither meaning applies very well to order-loving,
> > monist Milton.
> >
> > Jameela
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