[Milton-L] Query on scansion

Nancy Charlton charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 14 16:24:53 EDT 2013


Book X, Eve's speech beginning at line 967, and most especially line 980. 

Nancy Charlton

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On Sep 14, 2013, at 1:08 PM, JCarl Bellinger <dionhalic at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't recall who made the observation but a line of just nine syllables, a truncated line, appears just where Eve suggests to Adam they might choose to remain childless in order to limit to their own persons the Woe otherwise destined now for all generations of their progeny.
> 
> Perhaps someone could locate the line (I'm away from my desk at the moment)...
> I think that not a few editions of PL have rejected the nine syllable line as unmetrical, which it most certainly is, and have replaced it with a line that will scan.
> -Carl
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