[Milton-L] Dialogue Poems

John Hale john.hale at otago.ac.nz
Wed Apr 15 21:34:36 EDT 2009

The valuable thread of comparison between l'allegro and il penseroso seems
to have reached a lull, but perhaps Stella Revard's new edition of Poems
1645 will revive it.  I hope so.
    The companion poems might be viewed as dialogue poems. I've just been
considering Marvell's Dialogue of Soul and Body. Why did he put Soul
before Body, but give the Body the last word? or indeed what does that
asymmetrical ending imply?
    This and other dialogue poems might reveal or suggest things about
Milton's: did Marvell read Milton's 1645 poems, and what about 1673? ...

More information about the Milton-L mailing list