[Milton-L] Milton's blank verse: stresses and sources

John Hale john.hale at otago.ac.nz
Fri Oct 18 01:46:38 EDT 2013


Something similar happened to me in hearing T. S. Eliot's verse plays; not Murder in the Cathedral, but the Confidential Clerk. It doesn't happen in hearing Milton.
John Hale

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From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] on behalf of Carrol Cox [cbcox at ilstu.edu]
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Milton's blank verse: stresses and sources

J. Michael Gillum: In "My Last Duchess," Browning breaks up the iambic line
in PL fashion, which has the effect of burying the couplet rhymes in
enjambments.  I don't know if that is what Belli was talking about in his
comment on "natural-seeming" rhyme.

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The rhymes are so successfully hidden in Sordello that it's difficult to
read a page keeping them in mind. The first time I read the poem I missed
them completely, thinking I was reading blank verse.

Carrol


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