[Milton-L] victory conditions
mthickst at hamilton.edu
Thu Apr 14 15:55:41 EDT 2016
And we have circled back to Samuel Johnson: "surely no man could have
fancied that he read "Lycidas" with pleasure, had he not known its
author." The man was sure of his opinions.
I have very much enjoyed this discussion, even if I am a lurker.--Margie
On 4/14/16 3:14 PM, Bryson, Michael E wrote:
> Without the great works of the end of Milton's life, would we find
> room for these sonnets on a seventeenth-century English
> literature syllabus? Would these sonnets have flourished beyond the
> scholar's gaze (the kind so brilliantly described by Yeats in "The
> Scholars")? Maybe. But I suspect the odds would have been better for
> "Lycidas" or "L'Allegro" or "Il Penseroso."
> But such judgments cannot be completely separated from the judge.
> Michael Bryson
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