[Milton-L] Is Paradise Lost

Nancy Charlton ncharlton2009 at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 14 13:51:16 EDT 2009

> Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 13:42:02 -0400
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Is Paradise Lost
> From: jamesrovira at gmail.com
> To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
> Nancy -- why would you expect a definition of greatness from people
> who think the question is inane?

Sometimes even inanity deserves to be taken seriously. 

> Longinus would be a good starting point here, wouldn't it?  Emphasis
> on the experience of reading for reader, seeking qualities within the
> text which provoke that experience, objectifying a subjective
> experience, etc.

This is getting somewhere, even if it veers over the line into psychology, which is seldom sublime and often the opposite. Refresh my memory: Longinus wrote "Peri Hysous." Was it Pope who parodied it with "Peri Bathous"?

--Nancy Charlton
> Jim R
> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 1:33 PM, Nancy Charlton
> <ncharlton2009 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > I can't believe it! A community that includes most of the best and brightest
> > in Milton studies caviling over a non-issue we'd rap our students' knuckles
> > for! There has not been one scintilla of definition of "greatness" or "poet"
> > laid out in this whole discussion. The most that can be said is that it at
> > least makes us focus on this omission. And maybe not take it too seriously.
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