Milton and the Preaching Arts

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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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Theology Today
The chapters in Milton and the Preaching Arts are few, long, and rich with data, complex analysis, and intricate argument. The overall thrust of the work is clear, and Lares's prose at times is quite moving.
Lares (English, U. of Southern Mississippi) challenges long held assumptions that Milton, as poet, disregarded his training at the foremost school of homiletics, Christ's College, Cambridge, and argues instead that Milton used many structures from English preaching in his own work. In the process she demonstrates that the last two books of are actually sermonic in structure and content, and discusses a variety of English sermon manuals, Bible commentaries, and works of religious controversy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Milton and "the Sacred Office of Speaking" 16
2 Milton in the Context of Reformation Artes Praedicandi 48
3 The Poet as Polemicist 96
4 Paradise Lost and the Sermon Types 141
5 Using the Word and Defending the Word in Paradise Regained 169
Notes 215
Bibliography 280
Index 345
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