[Milton-L] Milton on the WWW

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Sun Sep 9 17:58:39 EDT 2018

I think such a corrective collection of proper quotes might be an emerging genre.  I just finished reading William O'Flaherty's The Misquotable C. S. Lewis: What He Didn't Say, What He Actually Said, and Why It Matters, and that author identifies an earlier collection by Garson O'Toole, Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth behind Familiar Quotations, which was praised by the Wall Street Journal.  Surely Milton is important enough to be accurately recorded!  (If so, should one begin with "trip the light fantastic"?)


Jameela Lares, Professor of English
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The University of Southern Mississippi
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From: milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu> On Behalf Of John Hale
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Subject: [Milton-L] Milton on the WWW

I happened to be shown some words ascribed to John Milton: "Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies" etc.  The sluggish and pompous wording turned out to be a later paraphrase of Satan's words, "A grateful mind by owing owes not etc", the paraphrase purporting to be words of Milton.

On the same day I found a website (aiming to help in word games) recording the longest English words which "have no vowel". It was twyndyllyngs, a Welsh word for "twins". It seems absurd to say that /y/ is not a vowel.

How many more misattributions, or half-truths, have people on our list noticed, with regard to Milton and related matters? Would it be a public service, and help our students, if we could assemble a blacklist and make it known? Or would it be a dreary or needless chore?

John Hale
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