[Milton-L] stripping my own back

Gregory Machacek Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu
Thu Oct 24 14:58:49 EDT 2013

 No. You understand me perfectly, better than I understand myself. You have rightly fingered me as a finagler, an inveterate, unselfconscious, knee-jerk finagler.  Look the reason I'm castigating you all is that I'm trying to whip this out of myself.  I'm trying to gin myself up to be able to say, "No.  Shoots invisible virtue even into the deep is a bad line of blank verse.  I don't care if one can concoct a prosody that shows this doesn't technically violate the norms of five beat duple meter.  Your reader has to render it and won't be able to do so in an acoustically satisfactory way.  Surefooted as you are elsewhere, here you've misjudged." Mea non minora culpa.

Greg Machacek
Professor of English
Marist College 

-----John K Leonard <jleonard at uwo.ca> wrote: -----

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 From: John K Leonard <jleonard at uwo.ca>
 Date: 10/24/2013 12:43PM 
 Subject: Re: [Milton-L] scorn and rule one

On 10/24/13, Gregory Machacek <Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu> wrote: 
>  [SNIP]  I've just demonstrated that Milton expects us to realize the episode is bad 

Isn't that just more finagling? Apologies if I have missed your point, it's just that "expects us to" sounds like a backhanded compliment, when your intent (I had thought) was to deplore.
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