[Milton-L] swerve / secure

Cristine Soliz csoliz at csoliz.com
Sun Sep 30 20:10:34 EDT 2007

A loose woman's bolt swerves not secure
the tight man, and still erect.

Least by a woman's loose bolt,
yet faire appeering, he bolt secure.

Cristine Soliz
PhD in Comparative Literature
Faculty in English, Diné College
Faculty Association President
Project Director, NEH Grant
Area Chair Historical Fiction, SW Tex Pop Culture and Am Culture Assoc
Associate Scholar, Center for World Indigenous Studies
csoliz at csoliz.com

> From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 15:08:48 -0400
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] swerve / secure
> Do you really think language usually works this way?  Is a loose bolt
> loose in the same sense that a loose woman is loose?  It seems to me
> that metaphoric associations can lead us a long way away from our
> starting point.
> Jim R
> On 9/30/07, jfleming at sfu.ca <jfleming at sfu.ca> wrote:
>> Surely the word means just whatever it means, wherever it appears. Secure is
>> secure, for an atom or a person, just as cold is cold, existent is existent,
>> etc. To be sure, the entailments of security will differ from atoms (or
>> other objects) to persons.
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