[Milton-L] with head a while enclin'd, And eyes fast fixt he stood

jenniferjoe jenniferjoe at sprynet.com
Thu Feb 28 19:34:46 EST 2008


"the phrase 'eyes fast fixd' means that his eyes are  
fixed, they cannot accommodate, they are useless for purposes of sight"

That's an ingenious gloss.  Unfortunately, I'm housesitting now without acccess to the OED, so I'll have to let others weight it.

Joe Mayer

-----Original Message-----
>From: Ann Torday Gulden <AnnTorday.Gulden at hf.hio.no>
>Sent: Feb 28, 2008 6:58 PM
>To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
>Subject: [Milton-L] with head a while enclin'd, And eyes fast fixt he stood
>
>I also think that the phrase 'eyes fast fixd' means that his eyes are  
>fixed, they cannot accommodate, they are useless for purposes of sight  
>which depends on
>ocular accommodation which enables varying focal lengths and so on. It  
>is common for sightless people to incline their heads a certain way,  
>perhaps to optimise what they can perceive from other entrances such  
>as the ears, from where 'wisdom' is not quite shut out
>
>In addition is is common for those in profound thought to appear preoccupied
>
>regards, Ann Gulden
>
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