[Milton-L] A Milton reference
pastorale55 at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 13 16:01:08 EST 2008
NYTimes review of Paul Mariani's new biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins:
As Paul Mariani points out in “Gerard Manley Hopkins,” his generous new
biography, the “unpromising beginnings” of Hopkins’s prosodic
revolution were in a Jesuit classroom in London, where as a teacher of
rhetoric he tried to impart something of his enthusiasm for the later
rhythms of Milton and the alliterative effects of the Anglo-Saxons.
I can't think of two poets more unlike--or two I like more.
. . . Till old experience do attain
To something like prophetic strain. (Il Penseroso)
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