[Milton-L] Milton's exegetical sources

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Wed Jul 31 14:59:21 EDT 2013

Bonjour, Etienne.  

I am not sure where you have heard that Milton was not much influenced by other thinking.  As I tell my students, it might be more accurate to say he summarizes everything that goes before him.  Or as my dissertation director told me, looking for influence in Milton is like looking for hay in a haystack (i.e., rather than the proverbial needle).

If you have access to the journal _Huntington Library Quarterly_, they just did a special number on _Paradise Regained_.  Milton's debt to church fathers is especially traced in Elizabeth Marie Pope, _"Paradise Regained": The Tradition and the Poem_ (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1947). You will surely also want to see Barbara K. Lewalski, _Milton's Brief Epic: The Genre, Meaning, and Art of "Paradise Regained"_ (Providence, RI: Brown UP), 1966.

My fellow Miltonists will surely have further suggestions.

Best wishes,

Jameela Lares
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Dear Miltonists,

I'm a theology student in Lausanne, Switzerland, and I'm currently writing my Master's Mémoire on John Milton's Paradise Regained, focusing specifically on his rewriting of the biblical temptation accounts, and on their reception history. I'm trying to find out wether Milton was influenced in any way by previous commentators of the gospel such as church fathers or medieval theologians, but I haven't really found any literature on the subject. From what I've understood, Milton was rather independent in his thinking and didn't really feel indebted to any previous thinkers, but still, I was wondering if someone would know wether that was really the case or not? It seems to me that Milton's reading of the temptation accounts is quite close to Origen's, and a few people have suggested to me a link in between Milton and Augustine, but I haven't found anything more solid than hints on that subject.

If someone could suggest to me where to look, I would be really thankful!

Etienne Guilloud

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