[Milton-L] Milton's Cosmos and Universe

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Wed Jan 20 22:25:13 EST 2010

Doesn't the phrase "embryon atoms" imply a more intimate relationship
between the soldiers and their generals, perhaps even an identity on some

Jim R

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:22 PM, Harold Skulsky <hskulsky at smith.edu> wrote:

> In the wars of Chaos we have the opposing generals (four champions fierce)
> and their respective armies (the embryon atoms). The generals are
> characterized by temperature and degree of moisture, the armies are divided
> into clans distinguished in weight, shape, and velocity. No causal
> connection is drawn between the qualities of the generals and those of their
> troops, nor does the narrator say that the generals give birth to their
> troops; Milton knows better than to stoop to absurdity. Least of all does
> the narrator say or imply that the clan characteristics are unstable. Even
> if he did, qualities are to what they qualify as form is to matter. Unstable
> forms are still forms.  The same principle applies to the dominance
> momentarily enjoyed by each of the generals; momentary dominance is still
> dominance, a vicious circle is still a circle, just as unstable form is
> still form. The point is that M has not abandoned the axiom of divine
> omnipresence; like every other place in the to!
>  tality of things, Chaos exists only because God fills it, and to that
> extent it is benign.
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