[Milton-L] "Antichrist as a Child"

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Sat Jan 23 12:06:31 EST 2010


The Jesus of *Paradise Regained* as a child-- wouldn't he have been confused
in a similar way? "Mother says I am *what*?"

Michael

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM, James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>wrote:

> It seems like a quite literal poem to me... depends upon a literalness for
> its effect.  If the Antichrist is a human being, then he was a child at some
> time, so we have to confront the idea that the greatest imaginable human
> embodiment of evil was a child who didn't understand, was confused, was
> innocent at one time, etc.  Evil with a human face is very hard to be fully
> evil.  Not so much sympathy for the devil, but pity.
>
> Jim R
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