Criticisms on Paradise Lost

Criticisms on Paradise Lost

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...meet with among the ancient poets. What still made this circumstance the 15 more proper for the poet's use is the opinion of many learned men that the fable of the giants' war, which makes so great a noise in antiquity, and gave birth to the sub-limest description in Hesiod's works,1 was1 an allegory founded upon this very tradition of a fight between the ao good and bad angels. It may perhaps be worth while to consider with what judgment Milton in this narration has avoided everything that is mean and trivial in the descriptions of the Latin and Greek poets, and at the same time improved every n great hint which he met with in their works upon this subject. Homer, in that passage which Longinus has celebrated for its sublimeness, and which Virgil and Ovid have copied after him, tells us that the giants threw Ossa upon Olympus, and Pelion upon Ossa. He adds an epithet 30 to Pelion, aVuin'i/iiiAAw, which very much swells the idea by bringing up to the reader's imagination all the woods that grew upon it. There is, further, a great beauty in his singling out by name these three remarkable mountains, so well known to the Greeks. This last is such a beauty as the scene of Milton's war could not possibly furnish him with. fJlaudian, in his fragment upon the Giants' War, has given full scope to that wiklness of imagination which was natural to him. He tells us that the s giants tore up whole islands by the roots and threw them at the gods. He describes one of them, in particular, taking up Lemnos in his arms and whirling it to the skies, with all Vulean's shop in the midst of it. Another tears up Mount Ida, with the river Enipeus which ran down 0 the sides of it; but the poet, not content to describe him with this mountain upon his shoulders, tells us...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236671929
  • 9781236671929