[Milton-L] Re prelaps seasons: when a question is a good one

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Wed Jan 6 19:28:28 EST 2010

Why can't we view the statement of purpose as one part of a poem commenting
on the meaning of another part of the poem?

Jim R

On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 6:49 PM, Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu> wrote:

> Start with a poem. The author adds a line stating the purpose of the
> poem. But it is now a new poem, and the meaning/purpose now involves the
> relationhips between the new line and the rest of the poem. Therfore it
> is impossible for a poem to include a statement of its meaning and/or
> purpose. Now since PL includes a statement that it inteds to justify the
> ways of God to man, that cannot be the purpose of the poem. Hence if we
> try to state the purpose of the poem, we have to find out some purpose
> larger than that in the explict declaration of justifying God's ways.
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