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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 January 2017
...Louise Curran Over the course of the eighteenth century, Milton's place in the British poetic canon was both contested and established. The first scholarly editions of Paradise Lost were printed, and the full range of his verse—both in form and content—was frequently imitated as well as discussed...
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Published: 01 January 2024
Figures 7. Signed and inscribed copy of John Milton's Paradise Lost , measuring 36 x 24 cm, Houghton, *AC.W5602.Zz770m. More
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 9–27.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Michael McKeon John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667, 1674) is often classified as a Renaissance epic, along with the great narrative poems of Ariosto, Tasso, and Spenser. However, this generic designation tells us much less about the formal nature of the poem than we learn when we contextualize...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (1): 24–49.
Published: 01 January 2019
... “ancient” Scottish tradition posed to the standard English literary history, with its canon based on Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, etc. Richard Hurd James Macpherson literary history English canon Scottish literature Copyright © 2019 by Duke University Press 2019 ...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 125–128.
Published: 01 January 2013
... to students of English literature as the mis- guided editor of Paradise Lost who thought that Milton’s text had been cor- rupted by a negligent amanuensis, a sloppy compositor, and a perfidious “edi- tor” who actually interpolated verses of his own. Milton’s text was so badly treated that, in Bentley’s...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (2): 93–99.
Published: 01 April 2024
... in blank verse after the manner of Milton) often labeled devotional and associated with a reactionary Counter-Enlightenment. Take, for instance, Edward Young's Night Thoughts (1742–46), a lengthy meditation on death, souls, angels, and immortality, and one of the most popular poems written during...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 93–97.
Published: 01 January 2012
...  doi 10.1215/00982601-1457120 Copyright 2011 by Duke University Press 93 94 Eighteenth-Century Life eighteenth century, including Dryden’s Annus Mirabilis, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Pope’s Dunciad, a range of Swift’s poetry and prose...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 109–114.
Published: 01 April 2014
... to Joanna Baillie, one may suspect that he had a different comparison in mind, classifying her effusions with the newspaper verse of her imitators Rob- ert Merry, Mary Robinson, and Hannah Cowley. The Della Cruscans’ misap- propriation of Miltonic sublimity for purposes of diurnal self-­flattery had...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
...- ing when the author chooses to give a version of himself in a work of fic- tion. Pope, and all other poets or authors, are originally and fundamentally readers performing. Pope, like Milton, was a prodigious reader as a child, and as a writer. In this essay, I wish to consider Pope as a poet...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (1): 113–118.
Published: 01 January 2020
... British national literary tradition. Adam Rounce contributes the final chapter of this section, exploring Thomas Warton s edition of Milton s lyric poetry. Warton s annotations demon- strate the editor s learnedness, illustrating not only his engagement with the tradition of reading Milton s poetry...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 158–178.
Published: 01 January 2017
..., such as Dryden and Mil- ton, whose presence in eighteenth-century poetic collections is so great as to require a larger and more systematic study, and any effort to under- stand them would be partial (as of June 2014, there are 2,461 citations to Dryden in the DMI, and 949 to Milton).1 Instead, my concern...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 105–126.
Published: 01 September 2009
... of literary predecessors, or by their predilection for a given verse form, so that each poet belonged to a particular class: The first class seems formed by those who are at the head of some particular branch in their science;—as Spencer of the allegoric; Shakespeare of the dramatic; Milton...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (1): 119–132.
Published: 01 January 2011
....  To be acquainted with. Shakespeare 3.  To convey the thoughts reciprocally in talk. Milton 4.  To discourse familiarly upon any subject. Dryden 5.  To have commerce with a different sex. Guardian 6 These definitions convey the expectation of mutual presence in conversa- tion...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (2): 30–60.
Published: 01 April 2022
... observes that, thereafter, “Farquhar's new sense of the meaning and power of law was to become the mallet with which he created his two last comedies” (22). Rothstein finds in The Beaux’ Stratagem a rearticulation of “Milton's argument from natural law” (150), which he reads, persuasively, in terms...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 142–157.
Published: 01 January 2017
...: “By Milton” (286–87). The attribution to Rochester was perhaps more plausible than that to Milton, yet neither poet was the author of the piece. The lines had been excerpted from John Phillips’s translation of Paul Scarron’s Typhon: Or, The Gyants War with the Gods. A Mock Poem in Five Canto’s (1665...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 April 2017
.... His essay on Milton thus takes up one of the main subthemes addressing periodization. Countering what he calls the “vagaries of literary historical periodization,” McKeon urges a reading of Paradise Lost that resituates its formal innovation in the context of the Restoration rather than...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (1): 102–125.
Published: 01 January 2023
... short of sublimity.” Yet, a third of the way into the twentieth century, the Harvard audience still had to be convinced that Johnson was superior to these “meditative-Miltonizing” poets of sensibility, as Eliot's admirer F. R. Leavis would call them in his influential Revaluation: Tradition...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 116–118.
Published: 01 April 2015
... of eighteenth-century fiction at the core. They mount dense, difficult arguments about the complex intersections between the history of air and the history of literature. The chapter on Boyle’s researches into the spring of air turns on an ingenious connection between the curled hair of Milton’s Eve...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 3–18.
Published: 01 April 2001
... 5 Dryden’s unique “poetical character” is to turn to the scene of its inven- tion, a scene which happens to have been set neither in Dryden’s own turbulent and combative day nor, as with so many other English poets, in the age of Johnson. Unlike Milton...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 128–134.
Published: 01 January 2012
..., improving, and diversifying older ones, ancient and modern. They were the last cohort to be taught grammar on the classical plan and the first to be taught from English models. They were thoroughly grounded in writers who had used imitation to spectacular and original effect: Spenser and Milton...