[Milton-L] "Fortune" in Renaissance literature

Aleta Konkol lostatom at aol.com
Sun Jul 28 18:05:35 EDT 2013



Sara van den Berg <vandens at slu.edu> wrote:

>Milton discusses Fortuna in ch. 5 of The Art of Logic.  A glance at the
>prose concordance shows that he used the term Fortune repeatedly, but not
>necessarily in a conceptual discussion.  Sometimes he would say, for
>example, that someone decided "to try his fortune." He refers somewhat
>sardonically to the wheel of fortune in Ready and Easy Way.
>
>Sara van den Berg
>
>
>On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
>horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Salwa asked: "What studies on Milton, Fortune, and Free Will have been
>> done?"
>>
>> Ten years ago, I published:
>>
>> "Free-Will Theodicy, Middle-Knowledge Theology, Ramist Linguistics, and
>> Satanic Psychology in Paradise Lost," Milton Studies of Korea 13.2 (2003):
>> 321-54.
>>
>> I would surely disagree with a lot of what I wrote then . . . except that
>> I don't recall precisely what my argument was (though I didn't consider
>> Fortune).
>>
>> Jeffery Hodges
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 2:37 AM, Salwa Khoddam <skhoddam at cox.net> wrote:
>>
>>> This is a very important quotation from Lewis, Dario. What I take from it
>>> is the second sentence, which indicates the complexity of the tension
>>> between Fortune, free will, and Divine Providence. Even the Hermit, in all
>>> his wisdom, confesses "there is something about all this that I do not
>>> understand" and we *may* not be meant to understand it at all. Not a cop
>>> out, just an affirmation of the mysteries of the universe that philosophy
>>> cannot explain. In his *The Discarded Image,* chs. 5 & 7, Lewis discusses
>>> the concept of Fortune among medieval and Renaissance writers, specifically
>>> Dante and Boethius, and the *influenza* of the planets on the inhabitants
>>> of the earth.
>>> What studies on Milton, Fortune, and Free Will have been done? I would
>>> appreciate some suggestions from our Milton scholars.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Salwa
>>> Salwa Khoddam PhD
>>> Professor of English Emerita
>>> Oklahoma City University
>>> skhoddam at cox.net
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dario Rivarossa" <
>>> dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>
>>> To: <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
>>> Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 9:06 AM
>>> Subject: [Milton-L] "Fortune" in Renaissance literature
>>>
>>>
>>>  By chance (or not??), in reading C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, I
>>>> came across this quotation that provides an interesting standpoint on
>>>> our current issue, made by an author who surely had reflected on the
>>>> Medieval and Renaissance worldviews a lot:
>>>>
>>>> "Daughter," said the Hermit, "I have now lived a hundred and none
>>>> winters in this world and have never yet met any such thing as Luck.
>>>> There is something about all this that I do not understand: but if
>>>> ever we need to know it, you may be sure that we shall."
>>>>
>>>> ___"The Horse and His Boy," ch. "The Hermit of the Southern March"
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