[Milton-L] Milton's Prelapsarian Cosmos
jamesrovira at gmail.com
Tue Jan 5 20:05:32 EST 2010
Thanks much, Jeffery. Yes, he's certainly being literal, and he is
presenting an image of a perfect, fixed universe. This line from book four
throws some doubt on the sun remaining in the same constellation:
With thee conversing<http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/book_4/notes.shtml#conversing>
forget all time,
and thir change, all please alike. [ 640 ]
As I'd expect some mention that the seasons do not change if that was the
On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 6:07 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Jim Rovira asked:
> "Do you think Fowler is speaking metaphorically, rather than literally
> describing Milton's cosmos?"
> I'm pretty sure that Fowler was speaking literally. For ease of checking,
> click on the following unwieldly address:
> This is William Poole, *Milton and the Idea of the Fall*, quoting Fowler's
> entire passage, where Fowler describes Milton's astronomy -- his literal,
> not metaphorical astronomy.
> Jeffery Hodges
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