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Choosing Ovids (1)

Maggie Kilgour

in Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199589432
eISBN:
9780191738500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589432.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The first chapter shows that Milton became familiar with Ovid at an early age through practices of translation and imitation. Noting close parallels with and specific verbal echoes of Ovid's writing, ... More


Choosing Ovids (2)

Maggie Kilgour

in Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199589432
eISBN:
9780191738500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589432.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 2 positions the young Milton in relation to major trends of Caroline Ovidianism, represented by both the libertine poets and the court masques. Given the role of Ovid in courtly ... More


Horizons of the Masque

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter shows that mid‐ and late‐ seventeenth‐century booksellers' catalogues designate public theatrical masques, Interregnum closet pieces, and Restoration operas as “masques.” Masques were ... More


Politics, Epistemology, and Public Theater

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Chapter 5 traces masques' representations of political alternatives throughout the seventeenth century, masques' prominently varied epistemological investments, and their deployment in creating an ... More


Crabbed Age and Youth: Cambridge 1908–1909

Annabel Robinson

in The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199242337
eISBN:
9780191714108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242337.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Taking its title from the title of another of her articles, this chapter recounts the crisis she faced when Francis Cornford married the much younger Frances Darwin. There is a description of the ... More


Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

Jeffrey Wainwright

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719067549
eISBN:
9781781703359
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719067549.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Geoffrey Hill has said that some great poetry ‘recognises that words fail us’. This book explores his struggle over fifty years with the recalcitrance of language. It seeks to show how all Hill's ... More


‘In wintry solstice like the shorten'd light’: Scenes from Comus (2005)

Jeffrey Wainwright

in Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719067549
eISBN:
9781781703359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719067549.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter begins by presenting the first stanza of John Milton's ‘The Passion’, a poem he probably began and abandoned in 1630. The penultimate line, ‘In Wintry solstice like the shorten'd light’, ... More


Coda: The Sense of a Lesson

Jeff Dolven

in Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226155364
eISBN:
9780226155371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226155371.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter focuses the works of John Milton—particularly in his masque Comus and Paradise Lost, poems that will provide occasion for some remarks about lessons and endings, a final restatement of a ... More


Milton’s Unitary Sovereignty

Feisal G. Mohamed

in Sovereignty: Seventeenth-Century England and the Making of the Modern Political Imaginary

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198852131
eISBN:
9780191886652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852131.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter complicates the received image of Milton as firebrand republican, showing a consistent sympathy in his thought with “red” unitary sovereignty. That sympathy displays itself differently ... More


The Seduction of Milton’s Lady: Rape, Psychoanalysis, and the Erotics of Consumption in Comus

Will Stockton

in Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680764
eISBN:
9781452948560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680764.003.0010
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

This chapter analyzes rape in the context of fantasy, focusing on John Milton’s Comus that draws on Freudian seduction theory. It discusses John Leonard and William Kerrigan’s debate on whether “the ... More


Sweet Echo

Katherine R. Larson

in The Matter of Song in Early Modern England: Texts in and of the Air

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198843788
eISBN:
9780191879487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198843788.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Although music was integral to masques, the genre’s visual extravagance tends to overshadow its acoustic elements in scholarly and classroom discussions. This chapter focuses on “Sweet Echo,” the ... More


‘To Secure Our Freedom’: How A Mask Presented at Ludlow-Castle Became Milton’s Comus

Blaine Greteman

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter explores the eighteenth-century afterlife of Milton’s Mask, as it was renamed Comus and reshaped into an expression of Protestant poetics and Whiggish political opposition. Music by ... More


Milton Modulated for Handel’s Music

Ruth Smith

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

After the Bible, Milton’s verse was the principal choice of Handel’s collaborators as the source of texts to stimulate his highest art. Handel composed and performed three settings taken from Milton: ... More


John Milton and Musical Abjection

Scott A. Trudell

in Unwritten Poetry: Song, Performance, and Media in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198834663
eISBN:
9780191874031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834663.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

In John Milton’s works, music is a powerful instigator of unsettling modes of poetry. From A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle to Samson Agonistes and Paradise Lost, Milton remains fascinated by the ... More


Saying No and Saying Yes

Wendy Beth Hyman

in Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198837510
eISBN:
9780191874154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198837510.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

“Saying No and Saying Yes” turns at last from the speaker of the erotic invitation to its imagined auditor: the figure being invited to “seize the day.” Persuasion poets, of course, never expect ... More


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