Friday, December 19, 2014

On First Looking Into Milton's Paradise Lost

On First Looking Into Milton's Paradise Lost

Marginalia from my university textbook of Milton's Paradise Lost (1992).

satan
his army
1/3 of angels in heaven prefered satan
satanic powers
freedom of choice
satan
satan
existentialist
satan described as mean
satan
sarcastic family tyranny appears
satan
milton’s views
satan
MOLOCH
Belial
Mammon
Beelzebub
satan
sin
Death
F.F
chaos
before light there existed idea of light in God’s mind
the poet is observing light for 1st time
Milton personalizes this blindness in darkness
1652 – he went blind
with plummeting of satan, darkness of falling man universe
God
son of God
satan is vulture feeding on lambs
milton is making fun of Catholic pilgrimages
classical myths about golden places “paradises” but had a serpent lurking + cause downfall of the inhabitants
description of satan?
satan’s address to the sun
satan address to hell
Adam
Eve
she comes from him
agrees
praises
questions her life
thought herself beautiful
vain
she think she is more beautiful
man more fair
satan
Ariel
Gabriel
state of mind that is innocent
Is Satan worked up sexually?
literally an explosion
they are not afraid
heavenly point of view + Milton’s – ultimately everything hangs from God
when Satan looks up he sees reality
Satan is there because God has permitted him to be there
he has escaped hell + tricked the guards because God allows him to
God chooses to give satan freedom but doesn’t choose for him to man fall
Eve
Adam
hierarchy of life
satan
verbal war Abdiel + Satan
war begins Michael + Satan
satan ashamed
Gabriel + Satan
satan’s war aims
and day of war
throw mountains of Satan + army
hard to explain in earthy terms
God
military height
heaven-golden
water
light
gold
round circles wheels center
day 1 light
day 2 heaven
day 3 earth
day 4 sun moon stars
sun stars/moon
day 5 fish + birds
day 6 mammals man
hell tells them not to eat from T of k = death sin beware
a question – astronomy
answer
imagination
Adam
dream
Raphael
Milton claims this work on a higher level than Iliad
cupid (Aros)
speaker says verse
not product of craftsmanship scholarship
clearly M is rejecting this
satan circles earth 7 times
satan adopts attitude of earth slim bodies
A says E is vulnerable
defines freedom
she is wrong
dramatic irony
Milton brings in classical myths that lead to disaster
makes S a seducer a third party challenger of A love
S. begins
temptation
E
S
E
S
E
E
S
E
S
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
sex
naked guilty shame
she blames him
he blames her
E punishment A
sin
meet Satan
Satan
God blames man
didn’t ask to be made
wants to die
thinks it’s fair
he doesn’t have one [mother’s lap]
afraid of afterlife
not fair
God
vision
CAIN + ABLE
HUMAN SUFFERING
vision
Eve blamed
IRON + BRASS vision
Seth
woman
WAR VISION
NOAH + FLOOD
vision
NOAH ON GROUND
VISION
AGE OF NIMROD
HIST. OF ISREALITES
Law
thru Jesus


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cordite Poetry Review - Canada Issue

The Cordite Poetry Review from Australia has a Canada issue with many great poets. Check it out:

http://cordite.org.au/content/poetry/ohcanada/

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