[Milton-L] "Four-Letter Words"

Carol Barton, Ph.D., CPCM cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Fri Apr 18 18:08:03 EDT 2014

Please understand, Michael: my comments are in no way intended to be a 
(prudish) criticism or judgment of sexual practices between consenting--and 
I emphasize consenting--adults in the 21st century, but I cannot believe 
that the author of _Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce_ (which despite its 
title contains some exquisite passages on the nature of married love) would 
have approved of them, or required any of his wives to have engaged in them 
(especially if they were not willing, which they wouldn't have been likely 
to be, given the sensibilities of the age already cited).

They were not conducive to procreation in a world (for one thing) repeatedly 
ravaged by bubonic plague, in Milton's own time--a primarily agrarian 
culture in which many hands were needed to till the soil in the sweat of 
their brows--and they aren't the sort of thing that one would expect "The 
Lady of Christ's" to be enamored of.

Best to all,

Carol Barton

From: "Bryson, Michael E" <michael.bryson at csun.edu>
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 5:56 PM
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] "Four-Letter Words"

> It might be time to note that such "aberrant behaviors" are not really 
> aberrant, given that they are commonly found in the human species as well 
> as a number of other mammalian species (including primates, bats, and 
> others--similar activity has been observed in dolphins). I am, for a 
> number of reasons, wary of Lewis' word "perversions," though I recognize 
> that he would probably have considered himself a member in good standing 
> of "certain circles." But that all relates "to the life we live."
> Though I suppose the Bats and Dolphins are fallen, sinful creatures given 
> over wholly to lust these days. Poor dears.
> Michael Bryson
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