En:Re:En:[Milton-L] Lycidas Query

miriammansur miriammansur at terra.com.br
Mon Nov 24 10:24:43 EST 2008

Dear List Members,

I sent this query on Lycidas to my advisor, Professor Luiz Fernando Sa (UFMG/Brazil) and he sent me back the message followed (below), which is also a passage from his book. I think it might do with some help.

Best wishes,

Miriam Mansur
De:"Luiz Fernando Ferreira Sá" saluiz at terra.com.br

Para:"miriammansur" miriammansur at terra.com.br


Data:Mon, 24 Nov 2008 12:39:36 -0200

Assunto:Re:En:[Milton-L] Lycidas Query

Sure, the answer is in my book The Myth of Orpheus in Milton's L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, and Lycidas on pages 141-142. The two-handed engine may, among other things, be Saint Peter's keys which may open up the doors to heaven. Or, it may be Saint Michael's scales which will weigh the virtues and vices of Christians in the end of times. The important thing is: the engine refers to the threshold of things profane and things divine just as the expression "yet once more" does. Cheers, Luiz.
De:"miriammansur" miriammansur at terra.com.br

Para:"saluiz" saluiz at terra.com.br


Data:Sat, 22 Nov 2008 20:10:03 -0200

Assunto:En:[Milton-L] Lycidas Query

> I am sure you can answer this question!
> Kisses,
> Miriam
> De:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu

> Para:"John Milton Discussion List" milton-l at lists.richmond.edu

> Cópia:

> Data:Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:59:34 -0800 (PST)

> Assunto:[Milton-L] Lycidas Query

> I received an email from a blog reader who posed this question:
> "I have to close with a Milton question -- has any progress been made in figuring out what he meant by 'the two-handed engine at the door' in Lycidas? Thirty years ago, a professor told me that no one had any idea."
> I don't know the answer -- and only with the request learned that there was a question -- but I promised to ask.
> What is meant by "the two-handed engine at the door"?
> Jeffery Hodges

Luiz Fernando Ferreira Sá
Prof. Adjunto de Literaturas em Inglês e de Literatura Comparada
Adjunct Professor in English Literatures and Comparative Literature
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Estudos Literários
Graduate Program in Literary Studies
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Av. Pres. Antonio Carlos 6627 Pampulha
31270-901 Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Brasil
Tel 55 31 34096015 ou 55 31 32875719
Fax 55 31 34096004
e-mail saluiz at terra.com.br
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