Various aspects of Milton are explored in this collection of essays by scholars whose reputations were, at the time of publication in 1960, perhaps largely based on their writings on more modern subjects. This had the advantage of demonstrating that Milton as a poet is "alive" and that other attempts to represent him as irrelevant to the interests of the modern reader had failed. The essays offer to admirers of Milton and of modern poetry cogent and mature arguments for restoring a great poet to his proper authority in our literary life.
Preface; 1. Strength and Isolation: Pessimistic Notes of a Miltonolater John Wain 2. The Nativity Ode J. B. Boradbent 3. Approaches to ‘Lycidas’ G. S. Fraser 4. The Opening of ‘Paradise Lost’ David Daiches 5. Syntax and Music in ‘Paradise Lost’ Donald Davie 6. Adam Unparadised Frank Kermode 7. The Better Fortitude W. W. Robson 8. ‘Paradise Regained’: A Dissentient Appendix F. W. Bateson 9. The Sublime Art: Notes on Milton and Hölderlin Michael Hamburger 10. Criticism and the Milton Controversy Bernard Bergonzi
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