[Milton-L] Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night...

Greg Lowe irnbrigade at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 26 09:57:34 EST 2008

"Serpent, thy overpraising leaves in doubtThe virtue of that fruit..."
I want to side with J, but Right Reason demands otherwise.
Greg Lowe

Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 05:41:39 -0500Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night...From: junkopardner at comcast.netTo: milton-l at lists.richmond.eduWell, since there is no universally accepted criteria for literary greatness, then maybe Carol should take that into consideration before being uncharacteristically gentle in his dismissal of Milton as the best. If you don’t think Milton is the best, that’s fine. But I think his work speaks for itself far better then anyone could speak in defense of it. J On 12/26/08 4:16 AM, "Horace Jeffery Hodges" <jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> wrote:
Johnny, Carrol is right. Although we all like Milton -- and we like him a lot, or we wouldn't be here -- at least two considerations militate against confidence in your claim that Milton is the greatest writer who ever lived: 1. You haven't read every writer who ever lived. 2. You can't provide universally accepted criteria for literary greatness. Your claim is therefore extravagant. Carrol's disagreement, incidentally, was uncharacteristically gentle -- as you may have noticed, given that you've now been here long enough to have observed Carrol's often-brusque criticisms -- so perhaps discretion would now be the better part of valor. Jeffery Hodges --- On Fri, 12/26/08, jonnyangel <junkopardner at comcast.net> wrote:
From: jonnyangel <junkopardner at comcast.net>Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night...To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>Date: Friday, December 26, 2008, 1:10 AMWho's better Carol? Who?Milton's footprint is bigger than Godzilla's, except Milton actuallyexisted. So who's better than Milton?His linguistic genius and craft should have your head spinning faster thanLinda Blair's, and if it isn't, then that is just plain embarrassing.JOn 12/26/08 1:12 AM, "Carrol Cox" <cbcox at ilstu.edu> wrote:> > > jonnyangel wrote:>> >> There is no greater writer that has ever lived.> > He was a wonderful writer. As much time as I've spent on his poems, I> wish I had spent more.> > But this is such nonsense that it is just plain embarassing.> > Carrol> > _______________________________________________> Milton-L mailing list> Milton-L at lists.richmond.edu> Manage your list membership and access list archives at> http://lists.richmond.edu/mailman/listinfo/milton-l> > Milton-L web site: http://johnmilton.org/_______________________________________________Milton-L mailing listMilton-L at lists.richmond.eduManage your list membership and access list archives athttp://lists.richmond.edu/mailman/listinfo/milton-lMilton-L web site: http://johnmilton.org/

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