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

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 22:35:31 EST 2010

That could be it, Jeffery, thank you.  I think we should do more with Harold
Skulsky's reference to the Hours.  I noticed those references while going
through the text but didn't have time to think them through.  The Hours also
represent the seasons in Greek lit -- Spring, Summer, Autumn.  Winter must
be divided between Autumn and Spring (living in Ohio, right now I'm
thinking, "must be nice").   So the presence of the Hours is the presence of
the seasons.  I think if Spring and Autumn dance hand in hand, what you have
are two seasons -- Spring and Autumn, no winter, no summer, but continual

I was thinking too of these lines in bk 5:

<<To whom thus Eve. Adam, earths hallowd mould,
Of God inspir'd, small store will serve, where store,
All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk;
Save what by frugal storing firmness gains
To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes: [ 325 ]>>

Jim R

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Judith, I think that Jim might be conflating two passages:
> The Birds thir quire apply; aires, vernal aires,
> Breathing the smell of field and grove, attune
> The trembling leaves, while Universal Pan
> Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance
> Led on th' Eternal Spring. (PL 4.264-268)
> . . . Rais'd of grassie terf
> Thir Table was, and mossie seats had round,
> And on her ample Square from side to side
> All Autumn pil'd, though Spring and Autumn here
> Danc'd hand in hand. (PL 5.391-395)
> [Thomas H. Luxon, ed. The Milton Reading Room, January 2009]
> The *implication* is that "There is continuall Spring, and haruest there /
> Continuall, both meeting at one tyme," but I wouldn't say that "there an
> explicit reference in PL just to that very thing -- continual Spring and
> harvest," though the dancing in both passages suggests that Milton was
> linking the two.
> Jeffery Hodges
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