[Milton-L] Cosmic and Sublime

srevard at siue.edu srevard at siue.edu
Sun Feb 3 06:44:23 EST 2008


Please note that Barbara Lewalski's new edition of PL with
Blackwell has original spelling and punctuation. Editions of
the Shorter Poems and Selected Prose will also be forthcoming
from Blackwell with original spelling and punctuation.

Stella Revard

Quoting "Peter C. Herman" <herman2 at mail.sdsu.edu>:

> A small correction: The Modern Library editors
> and others, such as David Kastan, are not
> providing "modernized translations" of Milton,
> but a modernization of Milton's spelling and
> grammar. These editions are not to be mistaken
> for, say, the contemporary versions of the
> Canterbury Tales published by Penguin. Ms.
> Stanger should be reassured that Milton's verse
> and prose are not at all "translated" into
> contemporary English, but brought into line with
> contemporary conventions in exactly the same way
> that we read "modernized" versions of Shakespeare
> in the Riverside or "modernized" versions of
> Chaucer in (also) the Riverside. There are good
> arguments to be made for retaining Milton's
> original spelling and grammar. For example, as
> John Shawcross has informed me privately, Milton
> was deeply involved with the printing of PL, and
> so, the spelling and the grammar are his in a way
> that the quartos are not Shakespeare's. But
> modernizing Milton as the Modern Library editors
> do is not at all diluting or "dumbing down" our
> man. It's about making him more accessible.
>
> Peter C. Herman
>
> P.s.
>
> Could Ms. Stanger explain a bit further what she
> means by a "star test" and how they "create
> curriculum"? many thanks in advance, pch
>
> At 04:33 PM 2/2/2008, you wrote:
> >I work for a tutoring center (while i labor over my degree) and we give
> >out star tests to create curriculum. What I found appalling is that when a
> >student scores a 50% it is considered grade level. Sadly we just received
> >an email from the board of education stating that the national standard
> >for star testing has just been lowered all over the country because
> >students are now scoring even lower than the average 50%. This information
> >compounded by the fact that they've now modernized Milton because people
> >think he's too hard to read just makes me feel even worse for the state of
> >our educational system. As always it seems like they (the powers that be
> >or whoever is to blame) are not attempting to fix a problem just cover it
> >up. I would think so much is lost in these modernized translations of
> >Milton and Shakespeare. When I reached college I felt let down by my high
> >school education and started to really see the lack in our system. I guess
> >my question is, can we do anything? Or, is my naiveté showing?
> >
> > > This is a Wall Street Journal article about the new Modern Library Milton
> > > collected poems and selected prose
> > >
> > >
> > >
> http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120182675406533779.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
> > >
> > >
> > > Paul Miller
> > >
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