[Milton-L] new from saint-exupery press: the improved paradise lost

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Sat Oct 26 14:06:37 EDT 2013

Yes--and Dryden's "TOADying" operatic version of Paradise Lost?

Quoting David Urban <dvu2 at calvin.edu>:

> I feel a sudden urge to read Nahum Tate's King Lear.
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> Subject: [Milton-L] new from saint-exupery press: the improved paradise lost
> Professors:  Are you tired of your students pointing out to you that the key
> that an allegorical character carries cannot open a gate for a
> historical-mimetic character to walk through?  For a full three hundred
> years, literary critics have known that the allegory of Sin and Death, while
> fine, was improper.  Well, they've finally done something about it.  The
> Improved Paradise Lost has been carefully designed by a team prominent
> Miltonists to remove these chimerical actors from the poem.  Like fan edits
> of the Phantom Menace that remove the annoying Jar-Jar Binks, this edition
> cleanly excises the offensive Sin and Death--while leaving the poem
> fundamentally about (historical-mimetic) sin and death.  To see how
> dramatically this excision improves the original, simply follow these
> directions in any of the many improper editions presently available on the
> market.
> From Book 2, omit the material from the second half of line 648 through the
> first half of line 884.  Line 648 should now end "Surprised but with delight"
> and the new line 649 begin "Satan observed."
> From Book 10, after line 228, add "Mean while, the enemy of God and Man, /
> Had" and omit the material running from line 229 through 331 and the first
> word of 332.
> After line 346, add the following two lines "The gate he found wide open and
> unguarded still, / His comrades, torments still unassuaged,"  then omit the
> stretch running from the present 347 to 422.
> Replace line 473-4 with the following "The tread of your triumphant feet
> shall pave / Anon a broad and easy way; but I"
> After line 584, insert the following passage:
> Their former shapes recovered now, they troop
> Across the bog of Chaos inconcrete
> And trample, in their ruinous multitude,
> Th'unsettled Inconsistence to a broad,
> Smooth way, o'er which henceforth both they
> Might haste on purposes maligh, and all
> On Earth that towards hell inclines might speed.
> This baleful march uncurbed th'Almighty seeing
> Omit lines 585 through 613.
> Line 621 now reads "Folly to me, that with such marvelous ease" and 622 is
> omitted.
> See if you don't agree that these changes improve what had been, no one
> denies, already a pretty good poem.  A Word document presenting these edits
> as a continuous text is available upon request.

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