[Milton-L] [whimsy]

Carol Barton, Ph.D., CPCM cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Wed Apr 20 12:41:01 EDT 2016


Yes, but Milton obviously had help with lines 5-6 (from Yoda!).

Signing off, I am

Carol Barton


From: Matthew Jordan 
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:31 PM
To: John Milton Discussion List 
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] [whimsy]


Disgraceful. ;-)

Sent from my iPhone

On 20 Apr 2016, at 16:25, Gregory Machacek <Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu> wrote:


  On top of everything else you’ve tolerated in me for the past week, would y’all also bear with this bit of whimsy--without regarding it as an element of my overall critical effort, even though it reprises many of the criticisms I’ve so far lodged against sonnet 23 (but the emphases are misplaced)?  Think of it as me poking fun at myself for the alternative version of the poem I’ve been urging you to experience.

   

  Methought I saw my late espoused Saint

  Brought to me like Alcestis from the grave.

  Now, those of you who know me know I have

  Two late espoused Saints.  Which one?  I ain’t

  Sayin’!  I under do not see constraint

  Myself as being to reveal that; they’ve

  Moreover, sort of blent, as sequent wave

  Subsumes wave prior.  Eyed without restraint,

  As I inclined to tell her, “You remind

  Me of a taint-cleared ancient Israelite

  Who’s Jesus found, and you remind

  Me of this pale and faint Greek betty hight

  Peliad, rather, wait, no, you remind—,“

  She fled, I waked, alone if erudite.

   

   




  Greg Machacek
  Professor of English
  Marist College
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