[Milton-L] Fish's eternity = nowhere to go ["mortal taste" / "lethal taste"]

Carl Bellinger bcarlb at comcast.net
Wed Dec 3 08:54:55 EST 2008


Fish on Danielson in NY TimesThis, from Stanley Fish's appreciation  [blogs.nytimes.com; see link below] of Danielson's new prose edition of PL:

<< To say that a "mortal taste" brought death into the world is to say something tautologous; but the tautology is profound when it reminds us of both the costs and the glories of being mortal. If no mortality, then no human struggles, no narrative, no story, no aspiration (in eternity there's
nowhere to go), no "Paradise Lost." >>

The quip on eternity caught me up short. Is the eternity of Milton's PL one where "there's nowhere to go?"   -Carl


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Curt LaFond 
  To: John Milton Discussion List 
  Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 9:46 AM
  Subject: [Milton-L] Fish on Danielson in NY Times


  Members of the Milton List might be interested to read Fish's appreciation for Danielson's Parallel Prose Edition of PL in today's New York Times:

  http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/paradise-lost-in-prose/


  Regards,

  Curt LaFond
  Lurker


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