[Milton-L] Milton Judges in SA

Paul Miller pm9 at comcast.net
Sun Feb 24 16:36:26 EST 2008

Of course from the subjective view of the messenger he couldn't know that he 
was praying so he described what he saw. Among the final lines of SA are 
these spoken by Samson's father and chosen by Milton "And which is best and 
happiest yet, all this
With God not parted from him, as was fear'd,
But favouring and assisting to the end".

I think Milton saw God there at the end with Samson and considering source 
material and context we have Samson in prayer before pushing those pillars.

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: "James Rovira" <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Milton Judges in SA

> Why the word "as," Paul?  Why didn't Milton just say, "head inclined
> in prayer?"  If this were an entirely original story, rather than a
> story drawing from Biblical source material, would you be so sure the
> main character was praying?
> Jim R
> On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 3:41 PM, Paul Miller <pm9 at comcast.net> wrote:
>> Carrol
>>  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
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