[Milton-L] Milton's Prelapsarian Cosmos

James Rovira 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,
All seasons<http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/book_4/notes.shtml#seas>
 and thir change, all please alike. [ 640 ]

As I'd expect some mention that the seasons do not change if that was the

Jim R

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:
> http://books.google.com/books?id=vZFKAVtVlG0C&pg=PA180&lpg=PA180&dq=%22sun+remains+constantly+in+the+same+sign%22&source=bl&ots=wpDfN2Igdg&sig=-WdpsQSHNpHyczNmwRa3vm6e8iE&hl=en&ei=HMRDS_rwHYugkQXCg7HwCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22sun%20remains%20constantly%20in%20the%20same%20sign%22&f=false
> 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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