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Milton's Complex Words

Essays on the Conceptual Structure of Paradise Lost

Paul Hammond

Milton's Complex Words

Milton's Complex Words

Essays on the Conceptual Structure of Paradise Lost

Milton's Complex Words

 

Explores the specific meanings of key words in Milton's Paradise Lost and the diverse ways in which the characters of Milton's poem use and misuse these concepts.


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Beschrijving Milton's Complex Words

Every major poet or philosopher develops their own distinctive semantic field around those terms which matter most to them, or which contribute most profoundly to the imagined world of a particular work. This book explores the specific meanings which Milton develops around key words in Paradise Lost.

Some of these are theological or philosophical terms (e.g. 'evil', 'grace', 'reason'); others are words which shape the imagined world of the poem (e.g. 'dark', 'fall', 'within'); yet others are small words or even prefixes which subtly move the argument in new directions (e.g. 'if', 'not', 're-'). Milton seems to expect his readers to be alert to the special semantic field which he creates around such words, often by infusing them with biblical and literary connotations, and activating their
etymological roots; alert also to the patterns created by the repetitions of such words, and particularly to their diverse use (and often their blatant misuse) by different characters. To understand the migrations and malleability of key words is part of the education of Milton's reader.


ISBN
9780198810117
Pagina's
512
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NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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