[Milton-L] The 9/11 memorial misuses the quotation from Virgil. - NYTimes.com

Gregory Machacek Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu
Fri Apr 8 07:41:20 EDT 2011

I wonder how many people who enter the main reading room of the New York
Public Library would thrill to read that "a good book is the precious life
blood of a master spirit" if they knew the phrase was preceded by "many a
man lives a burden to the earth."

Greg Machacek
Professor of English
Marist College

  From:       "Shoulson, Jeffrey" <jshoulson at mail.as.miami.edu>                                                                       
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Some list members may have already seen this op-ed from yesterday's New
York Times, but as readers and scholars of another notoriously mal-quoted
writer (my coinage for the poor use of a technically correct quotation, to
distinguish it from misquoted), others who haven't yet seen it may find
this piece of interest.


In its own way, the poor use of this passage from Virgil reminds us of
interesting use allusion, citation, and revision, all of which are part of
the woof and warp of Milton's poetry, too.



Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Ph. D.
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