[Milton-L] Milton Judges in SA

Paul Miller pm9 at comcast.net
Sun Feb 24 15:41:13 EST 2008


Your statement that Milton chose_ to present it ambiguously is a naked 
assertion and once he chose to present the scene through a witness he really 
has limited ways of telling the story. I see no ambiguity
and the fact that a few readers might perceive ambiguity does not prove 
authorial intention. However I think your argument was greatly strengthened 
by putting DELIBERATE all in capitals, almost won me over. :)

Paul Miller

So Hills amid the Air encounterd Hills
Hurl'd to and fro with jaculation dire,
That under ground, they fought in dismal
shade --- Paradise Lost
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carrol Cox" <cbcox at ilstu.edu>
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Milton Judges in SA

> Paul Miller wrote:
>> Jim
>> Most argument does assert something and as for descending I will leave 
>> that
>> alone. I didn't say that Milton wrote SA as a direct narrative
>> representation of the biblical account just that where he differs from
>> scripture it is usually obvious. We only have the messenger's account in 
>> SA
>> and from that vantage point he couldn't hear the prayer and seeing the
>> moving lips of an inclined head at a distance may not be in the realm of 
>> the
> Milton made it that way; he _chose_ to present it ambiguously. There are
> innumerable ways in which it would have been possible to avoid ambiguity
> but Milton _chose_ to present it through a witness not privy to that
> truth. The ambiguity is DELIBERATE.
> Carrol
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