[Milton-L] Milton's Cosmos and Universe
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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.
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