[Milton-L] An intriguing Milton allusion

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Mon Sep 30 14:43:25 EDT 2013


In the 2001 film *The Fellowship of the Ring*, Gandalf strikes his staff on
the stone and cries out loudly to the Balrog, "You shall not pass!"

Jeffery Hodges

Ewha Womans University
Seoul, South Korea


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Doctoral Thesis: "Food as Synecdoche in the Gospel of John and Gnostic
Texts"


Ph.D., History, U.C. Berkeley
M.A., History of Science, U.C. Berkeley
B.A., English Language and Literature, Baylor University


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On Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 2:50 AM, Nancy Charlton <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
> wrote:

> www.poems.org
>
> On Poetry Daily today appears "The Mind after Everything Has Happened" by
> Rowan Ricardo Phillips, published in the current Paris Review. PD requests
> that their daily offerings be reproduced in their entirety, boilerplate and
> all, hence the link instead of reproducing this splendid poems in toto.
>
> The poet is speaking of vacuity, nothingness, a world stripped bare -- a
> distant kin to the Lamentations, and as an example comes this line:
>
> A two-handed engine
> Of aerosols hissing Thou Shalt Not Pass
> On fiery ground.
>
> Opinions have raged for years as to just Milton meant by the "two-handed
> engine."
> and  Phillips' "aerosols hissing Thou Shalt Not Pass" might be a real
> clue. Not the
> aerosols, obviously, but perhaps asillusional or delusional airy
> substances.
>
> And might the concluding lines, asking if "hell is a crater to a crater...
> What then is Heaven?" be read as a gloss onSatan's despair?
>
> Nancy Charlton
> Last week's hot weather was saying
> "Apres moi, le deluge" -- and with a vengeance!
>
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