Milton and the Preaching Arts

Milton and the Preaching Arts

by Jameela Lares
     
 

"This study truly breaks new ground in Milton scholarship by demonstrating the extent to which Milton's work reflects the dominant discourse of his age - preaching." "During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the pulpit consistently commanded greater audiences than did the stage, and many of the era's great poets were also preachers. Milton himself argued that… See more details below

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"This study truly breaks new ground in Milton scholarship by demonstrating the extent to which Milton's work reflects the dominant discourse of his age - preaching." "During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the pulpit consistently commanded greater audiences than did the stage, and many of the era's great poets were also preachers. Milton himself argued that poetry can serve "beside the office of a pulpit" and prepared for his life's work at the greatest English center for formal homiletics of its time, Christ's College, Cambridge, but this connection has been virtually ignored by scholars and critics in examining Milton's poetry." "Lares now challenges the longstanding assumption that Milton the poet paid no attention to the ministerial training of his past, and she demonstrates how Milton appropriated many structures from English preaching in his own work. That preaching was informed by five sermon types - doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction and consolation - first enumerated by the continental reformer Andreas Gerhard Hyperius (1511-1564). Milton, we find, favored an odd combination of correction and consolation. Of all the preaching manuals published in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, only one so combines consolation and correction: Methodus concionandi by William Chappell, Milton's first tutor at Christ's College, Cambridge." "Of interest to both literary scholars and scholars of church history and homiletics, Milton and the Preaching Arts also surveys sermons and sermon manuals, Bible commentaries, and works of religious controversy on the issues of English church government and scriptural style."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820703183
Publisher:
Duquesne University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Series:
Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,306,419
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Milton and "the Sacred Office of Speaking"16
2Milton in the Context of Reformation Artes Praedicandi48
3The Poet as Polemicist96
4Paradise Lost and the Sermon Types141
5Using the Word and Defending the Word in Paradise Regained169
Notes215
Bibliography280
Index345

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