[Milton-L] seasons in PL

John Leonard jleonard at uwo.ca
Wed Jan 6 11:54:17 EST 2010


Re: [Milton-L] seasons in PL"Birth to death"?   Surely this is to jump from the frying pan into the fire.  Having seasons before the Fall is troubling enough (when there was meant to be eternal Spring), but death. . . .  
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  From: Carol Barton 
  To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu 
  Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 11:34 AM
  Subject: Re: [Milton-L] seasons in PL




    I wonder if we might not interpret the Book 7 "seasons" more loosely as the "seasons" of time, John*2? To do so, one has to take the line in context, I think: it's springtime, and the fish and birds are spawning/hatching, but they are intelligent of the short "seasons" (periods, from birth to death) of their lives, and the need to move on to the next phase. We visualize the birds "ranged in figure" (in typical arrowhead formation) flying south, because that's what we have, in our fallen world, seen. But that doesn't necesssarily mandate *seasonal* migration, in a prelapsarian Paradise. Maybe they just wanted to leave the berry patch for some grapes?

    Here is the context, courtesy of the Milton Reading Room:
    Mean while the tepid Caves, and Fens and shoares
    Thir Brood as numerous hatch, from the Egg that soon
    Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd
    Thir callow young, but featherd soon and fledge [ 420 ]
    They summ'd thir Penns, and soaring th' air sublime
    With clang despis'd the ground, under a cloud
    In prospect; there the Eagle and the Stork
    On Cliffs and Cedar tops thir Eyries build:
    Part loosly wing the Region, part more wise [ 425 ]
    In common, rang'd in figure wedge thir way,
    Intelligent of seasons, and set forth
    Thir Aierie Caravan high over Sea's
    Flying, and over Lands with mutual wing
    Easing thir flight; 

    Best to all,

    Carol Barton

     


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