[Milton-L] Milton's Satan was not Milton's

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Mon Oct 14 00:43:13 EDT 2013

Dear friends and scholars

starting from today, in the website
English translations and comments on Canto 5 of Torquato Tasso's late
16th century long poem "Gerusalemme Conquistata" (corresponding to
Canto 4 of his earlier "Gerusalemme Liberata," Jerusalem Delivered)
will be posted. That is, where Satan calls the whole Hell, and recalls
their glorious battle in Heaven, and decides to counter-attack on

Does it sound like something well known? Yes, the heroic Satan was
_not_ invented by John Milton: he copied and reworked passages from
Tasso. Some English versions of the "Liberata" may exist, but this is
probably the first time that the Pandemonium octaves in GC are
translated, and it is definitely worth it since details often vary.
So, in the following weeks, day by day, extended sections of Canto 5
will be offered. Enjoy Tasso's genius!


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