[Milton-L] Abdiel

Carol Barton cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Tue Jun 24 12:35:06 EDT 2008

AbdielOn the other hand: the concept of the "one just man" is central to Milton's theology; presumably, even angels think (so why is an interior monologue necessarily indicative of a fallen state?); Milton *was* trying to convey the allegiances and interaction of the characters to us, the fallen nonpsychic; and Satan's "brilliant" oratory is a characteristic of his "bad eminence" (particularly in the context of the temptation of Eve).

Sorry for the run-on sentence, written on the fly, but that's my initial "take" on the comment. I'd have to see it in context, to understand the basis for it.

Best to all,

Carol Barton
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Michael Gillum 
  To: milton-l 
  Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:31 AM
  Subject: [Milton-L] Abdiel

  Not much discussion of Milton's poetry here lately. What are people's reactions to these points?

  "Abdiel is a decidedly mixed character-he did follow Satan initially; he is capable of an interior monologue, a mark of fallen subjectivity; and he is more zealous than brilliant in his argument with his fallen general. If there is Miltonic representation here it is fractured and self-critical."

  --Ann Baynes Coiro, review of Stephen Fallon's new book in latest MQ. 


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