The Critical Response to John Milton's Paradise Lost

Author:   Timothy Miller ,  Cameron Northouse
Publisher:   ABC-CLIO
Volume:   No. 26.
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9780313289262


Pages:   360
Publication Date:   22 April 1997
Format:   Hardback
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The Critical Response to John Milton's Paradise Lost


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Paradise Lost was recognized as a major epic poem soon after its publication in 1667. For more than three centuries, critics have been describing, interpreting and evaluating it. Regardless of their approaches to changing literary values, they have generally accepted it as the prime example of the epic in English. As many critics have observed, the poem brought biblical, literary, cultural, social, scientific and political elements into such aesthetic harmony that even its detractors have been forced to recognize it greatness. And because of its complexity, it has become a test case in literary studies as a focal point for changing critical assumptions and literary values. This reference book traces the critical reception of Paradise Lost from the 17th century to the present. The volume is organized in chapters devoted to particular centuries. Each chapter then presents a selection of reviews and critical essays from that period. Thus the reader is able to read the 17th-century responses of Samuel Barrow, John Dryden and Joseph Addison; the 18th-century reactions of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson and William Blake; the 19th-century reactions of British Romantic and Victorian poets; and the 20th-century contributions of major scholars such as E.M.W. Tillyard, Stanley Fish, Louis Martz and Northrop Frye. The volume closes with a sampling of Milton's own comments about Paradise Lost and the epic, and a selected bibliography of major editions, reference works and critical studies.

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Author:   Timothy Miller ,  Cameron Northouse
Publisher:   ABC-CLIO
Imprint:   Greenwood Press
Volume:   No. 26.
Dimensions:   Width: 15.50cm , Height: 2.40cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.652kg
ISBN:  

9780313289262


ISBN 10:   0313289263
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   22 April 1997
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Cameron Northouse Introduction Seventeenth-Century Critical Responses The Verse by John Milton The Transproser Rehears'd: or the Fifth Act of Mr. Bayes's Play by [Richard Leigh] On the Paradise Lost of the Top Poet John Milton by Samuel Barrow On Paradise Lost by Andrew Marvell Theatrum Poetarum, or a Compleat Collection of the Poets... by Edward Phillips The Authors Apology for Heroique Poetry; and Poetique Licence. The State of Innocence, and Fall of Man: An Opera by John Dryden The Life of Milton by John Aubrey An Essay of blanc Verse out of the 6th. Book of Paradise lost by Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscommon Preface. Sylvae: or, the Second Part of Poetical Miscellanies by John Dryden The Lives of the most Famous English Poets... by William Winstanley Epigram by John Dryden Preface. The Passion of Byblis, Made English by [John] Dennis Dedication. The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis... by John Dryden An Account of the Greatest English Poets. The Annual Miscellany: For the Year 1694... by Joseph Addison To Mr. T.S. in Vindication of Mr. Milton's Paradise lost. Miscellaneous Letters and Essays... by [Charles Gildon] Letters of State, Written by Mr. John Milton... by [Edward Phillips] The Preface, Being an Essay on Heroic-Poetry. The Life of Our Blessed Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ... by Samuel Wesley Annotations of Milton's Paradise Lost ... by P[atrick] H[ume] Remarks on a Book entituled, Prince Arthur: An Heroick Poem by [John] Dennis The Preface. The History of Sin and Heresie Attempted... by [Charles Leslie] The Life of John Milton... by [John Toland] Eighteenth-Century Critical Responses Preface. Fables Ancient and Modern by John Dryden The Advancement and Reformation of Modern Poetry by John Dennis The Grounds of Criticism in Poetry by John Dennis Preface. Britannia Trimphans by John Dennis The Spectator, Numbers 262, 267, 273, 279, 285, 291, 297 by Joseph Addison The History of the Life of Thomas Ellwood... by Thomas Ellwood An Essay Upon the Civil Wars of France...And also Upon the Epick Poetry of the European Nations... by Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire Explanatory Notes and Remarks on Milton's Paradise Lost by Jonathan Richardson, Father and Son Epistle I of Horace by Alexander Pope The Divine Legation of Moses Demonstrated by William Warburton A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke The Lives of the English Poets by Samuel Johnson Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres by Hugh Blair The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake The Life of Milton, in Three Parts... by William Hayley Conjectures on the Origin of 'Paradise Lost'. The Life of John Milton, in Three Parts... by William Hayley Nineteenth-Century Critical Responses The Poetical Works of John Milton... by Henry John Todd London, 1802 by William Wordsworth Milton. by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Lecture III. On Shakespeare and Milton by William Hazlitt [ Notes on Milton's 'Paradise Lost' ] by John Keats Personal Letters by John Keats On the Devil, and Devils by Percy Bysshe Shelley A Defence of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley Milton by Thomas Babington Macaulay Dr. Samuel Parr... by Thomas De Quincey Table Talk, September 4, 1833 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley Oxford by Thomas De Quincey Milton by [Ralph Waldo Emerson] Southey and Landor. Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor Milton verses Southey and Landor by Thomas De Quincey The Poetry of Pope by Thomas De Quincey Milton Alcaics by Alfred Lord Tennyson History of English Literature by H. A. Taine John Milton. Literary Studies by Walter Bagehot The Life of John Milton by David Masson Milton by Mark Pattison Milton. Essays in Criticism by Matthew Arnold The Complete Poetical Works of John Milton by William Vaughn Moody Twentieth-Century Critical Responses Milton by Sir Walter Raleigh Milton's Astronomy: The Astronomy of Paradise Lost by Thomas N. Orchard Milton and the Return to Humanism by James Holly Hanford The Epic: An Essay by Lascelles Abercrombie Milton by E. M. W. Tillyard Milton and the Telescope by Marjorie Nicolson Revaluation: Tradition & Development in English Poetry by F.R. Leavis A Preface to Paradise Lost by C. S. Lewis Paradise Lo

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TIMOTHY C. MILLER is Professor of English at Millersville University, where he teaches courses in English Renaissance literature. His articles have appeared in such journals as English Language Notes, ANQ, and Restoration.

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