The Classical Mythology of Milton's English Poems (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, 2017 - Literary Collections - 202 pages
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The student who diligently peruses the lines of a great poem may go far toward a realization of its char acter. He may appreciate, in a degree, its loveliness, strength, and direct hold upon the catholic truth of life. But he will be more sensitive to these appeals, and receive gifts that are richer and less perishable, accord ing as he comprehends the forces by whose interaction the poem was produced. These are of two kinds the innate forces of the poet's character, and certain more external forces, such as, in the case of Milton, are represented by Hellenism and Hebraism. Their activ ity is greatest where they meet and touch, and at this point their nature and measure are most easily dis cerned. From a contemplation of the poem in its gene sis one returns to a deeper understanding and enjoyment of it as a completed whole. The present study, though it deals with but one of the important cultural influ ences affecting Milton, and with it but in part, endeav ors by this method to deepen and clarify the apprecia tion of his art and teaching.

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