[Milton-L] "fixed feet and syllables"

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Sun Apr 17 12:01:13 EDT 2016


Thank you, Carl. And you prevent my answer in #2.

On Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 5:11 PM, JCarl Bellinger <dionhalic at gmail.com>
wrote:

> To Michael Gillam's question where Milton sets down "fixed feet and
> syllables"   it's in the earliest sentence we have from his pen, age 15,
> in a Latin letter to his tutor Mr. Young. <See attachment>  :-)
>
> To prevent the Attrigians [fond hope; pace Michael] <<Milton can be
> excused for this wrongheaded idea 1)on account of his youth, he was just a
> boy  2) M is referring to Latin poetry not English; yes, Latin poetry is
> written in feet --iamb, trochee, spondee, pyrrhic, but does that
> mean English poetry is written likewise? 3) this ambitious young
> poet may have just been sucking up to Thomas Young who had some newfangled
> enthusiasms about reforming the English language according to
> hebraical, not to say prelapsarian, modes of lyric style.
>
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