Destabilizing Milton: ''Paradise Lost'' and the Poetics of Incertitude

Destabilizing Milton: ''Paradise Lost'' and the Poetics of Incertitude

by P. Herman
     
 

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Destabilizing Milton challenges the widely accepted view of Milton as a poet of absolute, unquestioning certainty. In Paradise Lost , Milton confronts the failure of the Revolution by creating a poem that refuses to grant the reader any interpretive stability or certainty. Doubts can no longer be contained and concepts once marked by a 'fundamental immobility' now

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Destabilizing Milton challenges the widely accepted view of Milton as a poet of absolute, unquestioning certainty. In Paradise Lost , Milton confronts the failure of the Revolution by creating a poem that refuses to grant the reader any interpretive stability or certainty. Doubts can no longer be contained and concepts once marked by a 'fundamental immobility' now seem unstable at best. Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes equally reflect Milton's deep ambivalences after the collapse of the Republic. Far from confirming his earlier ideals, in his later poetry, Milton subjects his culture's most cherished beliefs, such as the goodness of God, to withering scrutiny, while refusing the comfort of orthodox answers.

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'Destabilizing Milton is a brilliant study...His discourse is fluent and convincing, and all his points are painstakingly researched against the religious and political situation of the period.' - Jan Marten Ivo Klaver, The Heythrop Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230602427
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
04/14/2008
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

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Peter C. Herman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University.

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