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

Campbell, W. Gardner Gardner_Campbell at baylor.edu
Wed Dec 3 09:00:16 EST 2008


For the record, I disagree utterly with Stanley on this matter. But more
on that anon.

 

Gardner

 

From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu
[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Carl Bellinger
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 7:55 AM
To: John Milton Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Fish's eternity = nowhere to go ["mortal taste"
/"lethal taste"]

 

This, 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 <mailto:clafond at capnhq.gov>  

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	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/
<http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/paradise-lost-in-prose/> 
	
	
	Regards,
	
	Curt LaFond
	Lurker

	 

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