[Milton-L] Bk 3 and Jeffrey Shoulson's link

alan horn alanshorn at gmail.com
Sun Oct 27 19:01:03 EDT 2013


>
> I'm asking for an explanation of the ridiculous: build a massive gate and
> put an impregnable lock on it, and then hand the keys over to Sin.
>

Jim, if you were truly reading this passage as allegory, you would not be
asking for a narrative explanation of this state of affairs but a semantic
one. You would be asking what it means for Sin to hold the keys to the
gates of Hell–a question, which, put in such a way, is unlikely to detain
many readers of the poem.

Alan Horn
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