[Milton-L] What did Milton think about witches?

Salwa Khoddam skhoddam at cox.net
Thu Nov 20 02:48:41 EST 2014


Dario,
Ecco MC-6-e.
Buon giorno,
Salwa

Salwa Khoddam PhD
Professor of English Emerita
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Email: skhoddam at cox.net
Author of Mythopoeic Narnia: Memory, Metaphor,
and Metamorphoses in C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles
of Narnia

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[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Dario Rivarossa
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Subject: [Milton-L] What did Milton think about witches?

Dear friends

in reference to the contents in this post about witchcraft in C. S.
Lewis' works:
http://tassonomia.blogspot.it/2014/11/which-is-witch.html

a paragraph on Milton may be usefully added here. In PL, a hag is mentioned
in a simile, but what about the 'true' witches? I mean, the women who were
actually persecuted as such during his times. What was Milton's attitude:
did he attack them? defend them? and why?
I find it very interesting that in PL Eve is somewhat described as a Wiccan,
as she herself gave the names to the plants, and the plants are enlivened by
her touch, therefore recalling such "women's
(natural) power" myths as the Mother Goddess, etc.
But, of course, what fitted the unfallen Eve might not fit post-lapsarian
women, so I would like to know more on the subject of witchcraft in Milton's
worldview.

Many thanks in advance,

il Tassista / the Tasso Driver
http://tassonomia.blogspot.it
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