[Milton-L] Tasso e Milton; why the long sentence?

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 6 19:57:31 EDT 2011

Here's an acute accent with "e":
Gratis. Just takes a little Googling . . .

Jeffery Hodges

From: Carl Bellinger <bcarlb at comcast.net>
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Tasso e Milton; why the long sentence?

Dario  mentions that
>  Tasso e Milton, . . . [made] lengthy sentences which force – always forced? –
> their readers to “restart” in order to grasp the meaning of the text.

This is certainly true of M's PL as it is (happy to take Dario's word for it) of 
But why such [purposed?] difficulty;  why the long sentences, forcing restart? 
Does Tasso discuss this issue in his prose or allude to it in verse? Are there 
earlier sources which Tasso or Milton may have read?

The feature seems the opposite of Renaissance sprezzatura. Here what's offered 
is gnarly, difficult, and long, though in the end it may unravel nicely into a 
plain & easy signification.

I'd be grateful for help searching out such a compositional strategy, in 
particular as applied to period structure. Here and there one finds statements 
of a generalized ideal, to whit, that certain purposed difficulties will 
function to yield access to folks worthy of learning while denying it to the 
rest  --M's plea: "fit audience find though few" might be placed under that 
general heading-- but it's hard to find [well, in any case, I have not found] a 
plain, direct, detailed, (may I hope even "exampled?")  application to a 
specific techne, whether that of sentence composition or of any other I'm aware 


Where the heck can I find an "e" with an acute accent? I'd like to buy a vowel.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Dario Rivarossa" <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>
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>  Tasso e Milton, . . . [made] lenghty sentences which force – always forced? –
> their readers to “restart” in order to grasp the meaning of the text.

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