On 25/3/06 2:50 AM, "Douglas Barbour" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yes, I take your point. And I don't have that problem with Donne's Holy
> Sonnets, so my point is probably rather blunted. Perhaps I need to go
> back & see if I can get that music to which you referred. With the
> Donne, I feel the passion; with a lot of PL I only feel the lesson. On
> the other hand, clearly there are the stories, the drama, & much of
> that is wonder-full....
I found PL a real page-turner, which I put down to an addiction for fantasy
(also, I am always just blown away by Milton's prosodical brilliance - such
lines!): so given your tastes, Doug, perhaps I'm surprised. I think I found
the character of Satan, the archetypal Dark Lord, wonderfully and
dramatically fascinating, very charismatic and full of contradiction... I
took it as a self portrait of Milton, especially given his surprisingly
personal appearances in the poem. So even with the misogynies in it, and
all sorts of other things, I love that poem. Paradise Regained wasn't nearly
so gripping for me, and I tend to agree with Blake on that, that Milton was
a Real Poet and of the Devil's Party.
Lycidas is a gorgeous poem.
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