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

john rumrich rumrich at austin.utexas.edu
Tue Feb 19 13:17:02 EST 2013


Hi Angelica

Not so long after, he used the same phrase again:

Hee on his impious foes right onward drove

Milton liked the revision well enough to use it in characterizing the son
as charioteer.  I don't hear it as trite, but maybe there's no way to say
what he's saying without risking that kind of tonal quality.  There is a
little bit of the foregone conclusion in it.

John


On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM, Christopher Baker <
christopher.baker at armstrong.edu> wrote:

> 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
>
> On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM, <milton-l-request at lists.richmond.edu>wrote:
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>>    1. To Cyriack Skinner upon his Blindness (Duran, Angelica A)
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>> Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:06:52 +0000
>> From: "Duran, Angelica A" <duran0 at purdue.edu>
>> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
>> Subject: [Milton-L] To Cyriack Skinner upon his Blindness
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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.
>>
>> What are your thoughts? Many thanks.
>>
>> Adios,
>> Angelica Duran
>> Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
>> Director, Religious Studies
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