[Milton-L] Eve and Serpent

Hugh Wilson wilsonh at gram.edu
Fri Oct 17 14:03:18 EDT 2014


Sidney repeats Boccaccio: “Now for the poet,

he nothing affirms, and therefore never lieth.”

From An Apology for Poetry, ed. Forrest Robinson

(Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1970) 57.

 

Hugh

 

 

From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of J. Michael Gillum
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 8:58 AM
To: John Milton Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Eve and Serpent

 

Regarding Jeffery's blog topic, "telling a story" = "lying" in some dialects, Boccaccio found it necessary to argue that the writer of fiction cannot lie because he doesn't pretend to tell historical truth. Does Milton have anything to say about fictionality? Is there a good article about the reception of the more obviously fictive parts of PL?

 

On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:

I found an interesting sculpture of Eve accepting an apple from the serpent, who is raised coil upon coil to grasp a branch of the forbidden fruit:

 

http://www.ratnermuseum.org/page/genesis

 

Perhaps of interest to Milton Listers . . .

 

Jeffery Hodges

 

(PS I posted the image on today's blog entry: http://goo.gl/3bTXjd)


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