[Milton-L] Milton and games
pastorale55 at yahoo.com
Wed May 21 17:00:44 EDT 2008
Thanks, Erick, for coming up with this. And your translation is spot-on accurate and gracefully poetic. "Dances, mild games, and love". What more could you ask, young or old?
Erick Ramalho <ramalhoerick at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
Nancy Charlton wrote:
And if I recall right, in the Prolusions JM devotes a lot of attention to sport and play. We know that he could fence and ride acceptably, and he walked in the garden 3 or 4 hours every afternoon while writing PL, but is there any other evidence that he enjoyed sports and games?
Although not a direct remark by Milton on his own playing games, the following lines from Damons Epitaph do relate to your question inasmuch as a poetic view on the topic:
non haec solet esse juventae
Nubila frons, oculique truces, vultusque severi,
Illa choros, lususque leves, & semper amorem
Jure petit; (83-86)
A frowned face, fierce eyes and grave looks do not suit youth, which always rightfully requires dances, mild games and love (my translation here).
I hope I might have been of help.
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