[Milton-L] More Info - Satan, Confusion and Amazement

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 31 05:31:39 EDT 2008

You've probably done so already, but if you haven't, then check the OED for the meanings of these terms "confusion, amazement, and wonder," et al., in Milton's time. Like the term "admire" -- i.e., "be surprised" -- they differ from the meanings today.
Jeffery Hodges

--- On Thu, 7/31/08, Yaakov Mascetti <mascetti at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Yaakov Mascetti <mascetti at gmail.com>
Subject: [Milton-L] More Info - Satan, Confusion and Amazement
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008, 4:24 AM

Greetings to all again - thanks to those who have kindly provided me with insights on uncreation - I appreciate it. I'm looking into an issue parallel to the ontological inquiry, which focuses on Satanic psychology, so to speak. I'm interested to know if anyone has any info (bibliographical, et al.) on Satan's state of confusion, amazement, and wonder following his fall. Fallen angels are often described as incredulous or wonder-struck when they see the effect of Divine wrath, or angelic counter-attacks. MLA has very little on the role of amazement in PL (except for an excellent piece by Kathleen Swaim on "The Art of the Maze in Book IX of Paradise Lost") and was wondering if anyone has anything to beef up this awkward interest of mine in Satanic confusion.

Thanks in advance,


Yaakov A. Mascetti, Ph.D.
Department of Comparative Literature
Bar Ilan University

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