[Milton-L] Satan's quote of Macbeth...

Tony Demarest tonydemarest at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 24 15:08:54 EST 2008

Hi Jeffrey-
I wonder if the following lines (IV,i) of Lear are more appropriate especially with the playing on "worse," and "worst." Perhaps Carey got his Shakespeare "quite unnoticed."
EDGAR [Aside] O gods! Who is't can say 'I am atthe worst'?I am worse than e'er I was.Tony

From: rumrich at mail.utexas.eduTo: milton-l at lists.richmond.eduSubject: Re: [Milton-L] Satan's quote of Macbeth...Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 13:42:45 -0600CC: gforan at mail.utexas.eduHi Jeffery 

I wonder if Prof. Carey is referring to Macbeth 3.4 ("for now I am bent to know, / By the worst means, the worst") and PR 3.207ff (If there be worse, the expectation more / Of worse torments me than the feeling can. / I would be at the worst; worst is my port.")  It's not exactly an unmistakable echo, but I believe the connection is there, and it's a pretty meaty one, too.


On Feb 24, 2008, at 4:31 AM, Horace Jeffery Hodges wrote:

This query will reveal my ignorance, but in John Carey's Times Online review of Anna Beer's recent book, Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot, which we were alerted to earlier today, Carey writes: 
Some poems -- Arcades and At a Solemn Music, for example – go quite unnoticed by Beer. So does his first published poem, the sonnet on Shakespeare. Written when he was 22 and prefaced to the second folio of Shakespeare's works, it is one of the earliest tributes to his genius, and might have been expected to prompt Milton's biographer to trace the influence of Shakespeare on his art from the brilliant pastiche of Comus to Satan's despairing quotation of Macbeth at a key moment in Paradise Regained.
I have not yet found "Satan's despairing quotation of Macbeth at a key moment in Paradise Regained." Does anyone know the Macbeth quote alluded to by Carey?
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