Essay on Milton's English and Versification. Notes to the Poems
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...capital. 1 1 9. " Cornea pulvereum dun: zierberat zmgula eampum." Obviously an adaptation of Virgil's famous " Quadrupedanteputrem sonitu quatit ungula eampum," but with a very successful variation in the studied sound "um--dum." 1 2 3. " El lu." Warton thought that for very obvious reasons the reading here ought to be "At In "; and Mr. Keightley agreed with him. I see no reason for doing so. The connexion of meaning is "Just as those starving Samarians were relieved in their despair by that miraculous panic among their Syrian besiegers, so do thou also keep up hope," etc.; and this connexion would be spoilt by the substitution of At for Et. 12 5, 1 26. " lVee dubites," etc. The prophecy in these concluding lines was very soon fulfilled. See note ante, lines 87--1o4, and sketch of Young's subsequent life, Introd. I. pp. 26 3----265. ELEC-IA QUINTA. 1. " In se perpetuo T empus rezioluhile gyro" possibly a recollection, thinks Warton, of a line in Buchanan's De Sphzzra: --" In se praecipiti semper revolubilis orbe." But another poem of Buchanan's, which Milton may more readily have had in recollection in this composition, is his Elegy ."/lfairz Ca/endze "; which is, in fact, just such another poem on the Approach of Spring as this of Milton's. There we have the line: --" Dum renovat Maius senium revolubilis mvi." Touches of resemblance may be discemed or supposed between Milton's Elegy and Buchanan's, as is natural from the identity of subject; but Milton's is the more luxuriously poetical. 5---8. " Fallor? an," etc. See, on the peculiar use of the figure...
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