[Milton-L] Milton-L Digest, Vol 75, Issue 14

Christopher Baker christopher.baker at armstrong.edu
Tue Feb 19 12:28:17 EST 2013


I wonder if he could be invoking scriptural echoes of right-handedness that
imply strength and purposiveness (e.g. Ps 63:8:  "My soul followeth hard
after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me).  To steer "right onward" would
then be to steer according to God's will or guidance, not merely to steer
confidently or persistently. It may be a cliche, but a biblical one.

Chris Baker

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>    1. To Cyriack Skinner upon his Blindness (Duran, Angelica A)
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> From: "Duran, Angelica A" <duran0 at purdue.edu>
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> Dear scholars,
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> I have read every article and chapter on "To Cyriack Skinner upon his
> Blindness" that I could get my hands on and am working through the tone of
> lines 6-9:
> Yet I argue not
> Against Heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot
> Of heart of hope; but sill bear up and steer
> Right onward. What supports me dost thou ask?
>
> Many editors note the revisions to the poem, including replacing
> "Uphillward" with "Right onward." In addition to more clearly initiating
> the sense of traveling/sailing  that other elements of the poem produce,
> "Right onward" sounds to me as purposefully trite, more along the lines of
> Milton's reference to the "fatal and perfidious bark" in "Lycidas," a trite
> explanation called in to be ultimately rejected. I see the four aspirated
> "h" sounds in the first halves of lines 7 and 8 as contributing to that
> tone.
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> What are your thoughts? Many thanks.
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> Adios,
> Angelica Duran
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