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

Salwa Khoddam skhoddam at cox.net
Fri Oct 18 15:49:52 EDT 2013


OOPS! Sorry for the previous personal email. That was meant for Dario.
Salwa
Salwa Khoddam PhD
Professor of English Emerita
Oklahoma City University
Author of *Mythopoeic Narnia:
Memory, Metaphor, and Metamorphoses
in The Chronicles of Narnia*
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dario Rivarossa" <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>
To: <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 2:31 PM
Subject: [Milton-L] Milton's blank verse: stresses and sources


> >My question has to do with the relation between the line boundary (...) 
> >and the syntactic boundaries (...)
>
> Dear Michael, in Dante as well as in Ariosto and even in Tasso's
> "Jerusalem" poems, the final word in a verse usually corresponds to
> the last word in a sentence, or a meaningful part of a sentence at
> least. Enjambements are a bit more frequent in Tasso, but nothing to
> be compared with Milton.
>
> Everything changes with Tasso's long poem "Il Mondo Creato," where
> enjambed lines are the RULE. That's why it 'would' be very hard to
> memorize them too, provided anyone were interested in doing so. But
> this poem would remain an exception until the 20th century, and very
> few people ever read it --- John Milton among them, possibly.
>
> [In my website Tassonomia, after being finished with the selected
> passages from "Gerusalemme Conquistata," (in some years) I would like
> to translate the whole text of "Il Mondo Creato" into English, it
> would a trivial matter of some 10,000 verses.]
>
> Best!
> dh
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