[Milton-L] Milton and Sin

Harold Skulsky hskulsky at email.smith.edu
Fri Jun 27 19:52:33 EDT 2008

So Milton writes: " "sola eius [scilicet, actionis] obliquitas sive anomalia a legis norma proprie mala est." And Carey translates: ""it is only its [the action's]  misdirection or deviation from the set course of law which can properly be called evil." 

But "obliquitas doesn't (even metaphorically) mean "misdirection." And "anomalia" doesn't mean "deviation." And "norma" doesn't mean "set course." And "properly" for "proprie" is not so much a translation as an abdication. 

As usual, Carey's prose here is shapely enough. 

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