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A glance at the patristic background of the “darkness visible” of Milton's hell may enrich the esthetic pleasure of a reader who, without it, might regard the oxymoron as evidence of the weakness of Milton's visual imagination, ...
The queen of hell, Persephone, is called Sicilian because she was kidnapped from Enna in Sicily by Pluto (Cf. PL IV, 269). (1626) mourns and Helicon in the midst of its streams—you would be the happy and glorious leader of the flock of ...
Cf. Arc, 98. 15. Eurybates was one of the heralds of Agamemnon, the son of Atrides (ll. I, 320–33). 17. Because Lake Avernus, near Naples, was traditionally an entrance to hell its name came to mean hell itself. 22.
In such poems an inevitable feature was the formal conspiracy of the devils in hell as the beginning of the plot against the English king. Mil. ton was familiar with many demonic councils in classical literature and in PL he was ...
127. There is a pun in Mariana, for the word occurs in Florus' Epitome (III, xii, 1 I and IV, ii, 2), where it refers to Marius' brutal troops in the civil war with Sulla. 132. Again one of the infernal rivers, Lethe, represents hell.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jsburbidge - LibraryThing
This is pretty well the standard edition of Milton, with a critically established text, a reasonable level of apparatus for non-expert readers, and a critical mass of Milton's work extending beyond his major works to everything that anyone who is not a specialist is likely to need. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - selfcallednowhere - LibraryThing
Ok, so I didn't read this whole thing, obviously. But I did read "Paradise Lost" and that's the important thing, right? And I actually ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected to. The language ... Read full review