[Milton-L] Milton's Cosmos and Universe

John Leonard jleonard at uwo.ca
Wed Jan 20 11:27:43 EST 2010

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  From: Michael Gillum 
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  This is a tangent, but it's a significant point that Milton, unlike Shakespeare and others, doesn't seem to fear chaos. The physical domain Chaos in PL doesn't threaten to invade or overturn created Nature. 

O no?  Setting aside book 2, which might be dismissed as "Satan's perspective" (convenient fall guy, Satan), look at 7 210-15, which is Raphael's perspective:

 On heav'nly ground they stood, and from the shore 
They view'd the vast immeasurable Abyss 
Outrageous as a Sea, dark, wasteful, wilde, 
Up from the bottom turn'd by furious windes 
And surging waves, as Mountains to assault 
Heav'ns highth, and with the Center mix the Pole. 

If that is not Chaos threatening to invade ("as Mountains to assault") then I do not know what is.

John Leonard
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