[Milton-L] Milton and Sin

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Sat Jun 28 10:37:58 EDT 2008


Prof Skulsky,

Could we have your translation, please?

Michael


On 6/27/08 7:52 PM, "Harold Skulsky" <hskulsky at email.smith.edu> wrote:

> 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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