[Milton-L] Re: Milton & Lilith
Horace Jeffery Hodges
jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 19 21:53:14 EDT 2011
Satan and Sin beget Death. Death and Sin beget hell-hounds. I don't recall Sin
ever begetting any 'devils'. Are you thinking of a passage in particular, Qadir?
From: Qadir <ghadir2005 at gmail.com>
To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
Sent: Tue, April 19, 2011 6:28:26 PM
Subject: [Milton-L] Re: Milton & Lilith
We know Burton mentions Lilith:
"Concerning the first beginning of them, the Talmudists say that Adam had a wife
called Lilis, before he married Eve, and of her he begat nothing but devils."
>From what we read in PL, book II, Sin is only capable of begetting devils. And
unless we believe PL (Satan and Adam) is a case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, there
seems to be no compelling evidence as to the appearance, however distorted, of
Lilith in PL. But since (like Jonathan Culler, unless my memory fails me) I find
over-interpretations rather interesting, I want to clutch at this rather tenuous
line of argument. Is anyone immediately aware of a passage in PL where Satan and
Adam come face to face as opposed to a mere glance from afar like the one in
book IV? I'm too curious to wait till my next reading of the epic?
I would like to know if this Dr Jekyll thing is even remotely possible and, in
case it is more like a joke, whether it is a funny one at that?!
On a more serious note, you might find this article interesting: Commentaries on
Genesis as a Basis for Hexaemeral Material in the Literature of the Late
Renaissance by Arnold Williams. He proposes that Milton, like Raleigh and
Browne, used the commentaries on Genesis written in the 16th and early 17th
centuries rather than going exclusively to the original sources. There are also
some passing references to Lilith and Burton.
Qadir - Tehran.
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