[Milton-L] Hello, everyone....

Bob Blair bblair48 at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 24 19:11:19 EDT 2012

Vondell: you ask a very pertinent and much discussed question.  A thread on this list about why Milton decided _not_ to write about King Arthur is at http://lists.richmond.edu/pipermail/milton-l/2006-December/005043.html.
Mark Pattison has an interesting 19th-century discussion of Milton's choice of subject at http://books.google.com/books?id=fm5exXBfHCQC&pg=PA175
There are lots more.  Google is your friend.

--- On Sat, 3/24/12, Vondelljones at aol.com <Vondelljones at aol.com> wrote:

From: Vondelljones at aol.com <Vondelljones at aol.com>
Subject: [Milton-L] Hello, everyone....
To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:28 AM


Dear Milton-L subscribers:
Is anyone willing to discuss how John Milton chose the concept of "Paradise 
Lost" for his epic poem?  According to passages I've read from Yale 
Professor John Rogers, Milton was entertaining the idea of writing a chivalric 
poem fashioned after Edmund Spenser's "Fairie Queene" but decided to pursue the 
"Genesis" narrative.
Additionally, I am interested in discussing how the poem transforms itself 
from a Romanitic poem to a Tragic poem.  I am interested in learning more 
about this topic and seeking advice about which literary references or published 
papers I can consult.  Also, how the use of iambic pentameter affects 
the dramatic presentation of the poem?
I am new to the scholarship of John Milton and am eager to discuss with 
others about this fascinating poet.
Thank you,
Vondell Jones
University of New Mexico Graduate Student
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