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

Nancy Charlton nbcharlton at comcast.net
Mon Jun 6 21:31:42 EDT 2011


Carl et al.,
e with acute accent:  Turn on NumLock. Hold down Alt; then, on 
Num pad, go 0233, release Alt, et voilà!  There are zillions of 
these, and you can look them up on Character Map in Windows.  I 
remember é, because I use it all the time.  Had to look up a 
grave, though.

Nancy Charlton

On 6/6/2011 4:47 PM, Carl Bellinger wrote:
> 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 Tasso.
> 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?
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> 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.
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> 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 of.
>
> Carl
>
> Where the heck can I find an "e" with an acute accent? I'd like 
> to buy a vowel.
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dario Rivarossa" 
> <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>
> To: <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 5:08 AM
> Subject: [Milton-L] Tasso, Shakespeare, Milton
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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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