[Milton-L] 17th century poetry query

Burbery, Timothy burbery at marshall.edu
Wed Jul 2 09:51:54 EDT 2008

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From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of duran0
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 9:50 AM
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] 17th century poetry query

Dear all,

Could you please copy me with your responses too?  I have a collection of "flowers in poetry and through the centuries" that I use for town-and-gowning to horticulturalists, gardeners, May-dayers.  A few months ago (perhaps years ago?) the list helped me remember William Carlos Williams' "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower."  It is all Milton-related of course.  As Hannibal on the list knows from a conference, I believe the violet flower in WCW's "Raleigh Was Right" alludes to Milton's "L'Allegro."

BTW: Thanks to all those who answered about my Bible as Lit question a few weeks back.  The syllabus is almost all complete, and I am very excited about the course.


Angelica Duran
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Purdue University
500 Oval Drive / Heavilon Hall
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
<duran0 at purdue.edu>

On 6/26/08 9:14 AM, "Shannon Miller" <smiller at temple.edu> wrote:

> Dear Miltonists,
> This is a much broader 17th century poetry question posed to me by a
> colleague:  I was hoping that individual members of the Milton list would be
> willing to consider it.  My colleague recalls two 17th century poems on
> sunflowers, but can't seem to find them.  He describes the poems as follows:
> "The gist of it was that like the sunflower that follows the sun across the
> sky, our souls hunger for heaven."  I was able to find two later examples,
> but they are rather obscure.
> Does this ring a bell for anyone?  Off-list responses would be greatly
> appreciated!
> Best,  Shannon Miller
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