Milton's Grand Style

Milton's Grand Style

by Christopher Ricks, Ricks

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Overview

The sensitive delicacy of the style of Paradise Lost is not as universally acknowledged as its sublimity. This book shows how Milton's Grand Style creates what Bagehot called a 'haunting atmosphere of enhancing suggestions'. There was subtlety as well as strength in Milton's control of word-order, word-play, metaphor, simile, and allusion. Certainly Milton's earliest editors were as aware of his delicacy as of his grandeur, and this book draws on their fine criticism for both stimulus and warrant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198120902
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/01/1989
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 786,179
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsix
1.The Milton Controversy1
2.The Grand Style22
i.A Note on Rhythm and Music24
ii.Syntax and Sublimity27
iii.Syntax and Sense31
iv.The Unsuccessful Metaphor47
v.The Successful Metaphor57
vi.Word-Play66
vii.Postscript75
3.Enhancing Suggestions78
i.Liquid Texture81
ii.Tincture or Reflection87
iii.Silent Yet Spake102
iv.Words, Actions All Infect109
4.Simile And Cross-Reference118
Index Of The Principal Passages Discussed151
Index153

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