[Milton-L] Milton's Cosmos and Universe

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 21 01:54:07 EST 2010


I share Jim's question. I don't see the absurdity of finding a more intimate connection between the four qualities and their embryon atoms.


Jeffery Hodges




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From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
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Doesn't the phrase "embryon atoms" imply a more intimate relationship between the soldiers and their generals, perhaps even an identity on some level?

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
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> tality of things, Chaos exists only because God fills it, and to that extent it is benign.
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