[Milton-L] swerving

jfleming at sfu.ca jfleming at sfu.ca
Tue Sep 25 09:58:42 EDT 2007


In my opinion, the ostensibly nonsensical -- the paradoxical, the mercurial,
the polysemous, etc. -- is precisely appropriate to the extraordinary task
of representing unfallen freedom.

And it is freedom, isn't it? JDF

On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 18:59:08 -0400 milton-l at lists.richmond.edu wrote:
> beware / He swerve not, too secure
> 
> beware / He swerve, not too secure
> 
> beware / He swerve not too, secure
> 
> I guess one could suppose Milton omitted punctuation in order to admit two
> or more of these possibilities, although the unpunctuated line invites 
> first
> the nonsensical notion of "swerving that is not too secure."
> 
> Michael 
> 
> 
> On 9/24/07 3:46 PM, "carl bellinger" <bcarlb at comcast.net> wrote:
> 
> > There is no comma between "not" and "too" in Milton's two editions:
> > 
> > "whence warne him to beware/He swerve not too secure:"
> > 
> > It's an easy guess that many subsequent editions have added a comma
where
> > Michael Gillum suggests one is needed granted a certain
> interpretation. [An
> > easy guess because editors have for centuries had a hay-day interpreting
> > Milton's text with their happy commas.]  Here, for instance, is the
> text as
> > it appears in a [strange and strangely undocumented] online edition
> of PL:
> > 
> > Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware
> > He swerve not, too secure:	Tell him withal
> > 
> > http://www.web-books.com/Classics/Poetry/Milton_Lost/Milton_LostC5P2.htm
> > 
> > -Carl 
> > 
> > 
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