[Milton-L] technical challenges in the excision of s&d from 10 (long, involved post)

Alberto Cacicedo alc at me.com
Fri Oct 25 00:41:33 EDT 2013


This thread reminds me of Benedick on Hero:  "were she other than she is, she were unhandsome, and being no other but as she is, I do like her."  I did drop the "not."
On Oct 25, 2013, at 12:37 AM, Schwartz, Louis <lschwart at richmond.edu> wrote:

> It is fun, but you're right.  Although it would be very difficult to imagine the poem without the allegory.  It's very hard--maybe impossible--to measure just how much imagining it, composing it, affected the way Milton conceived of and composed the rest.  I suspect that composing some of those passages had quite a profound effect on him.
> 
> The only thing I'm certain of, however, as one particular reader, is that for me the poem would be significantly diminished without those strange and affectively complex episodes.  Who knows what Milton would have come up with without them, but it would be a different poem, and I think probably not a better one.
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> Louis
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