[Milton-L] Re: orthodoxy

Marlene Edelstein malkaruth2000 at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Jan 23 13:17:07 EST 2010

A brilliant suggestion, Dario, and, as you say, extremely fruitfull. It's often crossed my mind too that how a poet lives in those that come after him (or, indeed, her) is much more essential to their value than what they had read and thought they were doing - that's not the stuff of greatness. Why else should we love Milton rather than Blackmore? (And, as Touchstone says, the truest poetry is the most feigning - so what price orthodoxy?) 


believe everything, believe nothing

--- On Sat, 23/1/10, Dario Rivarossa <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Dario Rivarossa <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>
Subject: [Milton-L] Re: orthodoxy
To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
Date: Saturday, 23 January, 2010, 18:46

Odd as it may seem, the issue of orthodoxy has been discussed even in the case of Dante Alighieri. The Catholic Church exhalts him as a spokesman of orthodoxy, while many hetherodox groups consider him as a colleague, belonging to some mysterious hidden cult, tho' without any evidence.
As it has been suggested as a method, to get an answer we could simply set him in his Medieval context. But, it would not be very useful anyway, since in the Middle Ages we can find any kind of doctrine, even among the most "orthodox" thinkers. Nor was the 17th century a one-sided Era.

Maybe a more "fruitful" (a Miltonian word, if any) approach would prove the opposite one: seeing a writer etc. in comparison to the centuries AFTER him: which personal views have developed into mainstream ones. 
In this case, Milton IS a hetherodox thinker. 
What about Dante?

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