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Milton and the Classics

David Hopkins

in John Milton: Life, Writing, Reputation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264706
eISBN:
9780191734557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264706.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies

This chapter discusses John Milton's acquaintance with classical literature, which began early and continued throughout his lifetime. Between 1615 and 1620, Milton entered St. Paul's, which was ... More


Milton and Samson Agonistes

Blair Worden

in Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199230822
eISBN:
9780191696480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230822.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Milton Studies

Samson Agonistes, the nearest thing to a Greek tragedy in the English language, will always speak beyond the context that produced it. Being a triumph of imagination, it mirrors a ... More


Milton on Tragedy: Law, Hypallage, and Participation

Andrew Zurcher

in Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199698707
eISBN:
9780191740756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698707.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Much of Milton's poetry—including Samson Agonistes—might be called anti‐tragic. The epistemological and ontological conventions of tragedy exert a negative influence on his early thought and poetry ... More


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