The Milton Encyclopedia
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The Milton Encyclopedia offers easy and immediate access to a wealth of information about Milton. It will serve as a general and comprehensive reference tool for general readers, students, and scholars alike, enhancing the experience of reading Milton.
Articles cover each poem and prose work by Milton; the life of Milton and the members of his family; all events and all contemporary and historical figures mentioned significantly in his writings; every book of the Bible in its relation to Milton’s own work; printers, booksellers, and publishing history; the critical and editorial traditions; illustrators; and those whose own writing was shaped by Milton’s influence.
This narrative also renders willfully revisionist Adam’s account in book 8 of the reason why Eve turns away. In addition to giving the version from Genesis chapter 2 of Eve’s creation from his rib, Adam there tells Raphael that Eve turned away because she wanted to be pursued and wooed. Satan marks out Eve as the weaker of the pair, and it is Eve’s head into which he puts a dream of the Fall; she wakes weeping and Adam comforts her. While he is being educated by Raphael, Eve most often retires,
They had one child, Maria, born in 1638. At home, Fairfax was knighted by the king in 1641 for service in the ﬁrst of the Bishops’ Wars; he was to side with Parliament during the civil wars, however. He was instrumental in securing the parliamentarian victory over the royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor (2 July 1644). Widely regarded for his daring military tactics, Fairfax was appointed Lord General Commander of the New Model Army on 21 January 1645, and, in one of the decisive battles of
destruction, but rather on this almost Quakerly moment of internal discernment. Already, for artists of the earlier twentieth century, the complex Samson of later critical debate is beginning to emerge. Finally, in a 1979 edition of Samson Agonistes, Robert Medley eschewed ﬁgurative imagery altogether to represent the many ambiguities and difﬁculties in Milton’s narrative. Instead, he used what he called “organic abstraction”—turning the drama into a kind of Rorschach test for the viewer. Among
the depiction of his muse in Paradise Lost (especially 7.9 –12). A story from 1 and 2 Maccabees is twisted by Satan to his own ends in Paradise Regained (3.163 –70). In arguing for the accountability of kings in Eikonoklastes, Milton refers in detail to the story of the three bodyguards from 1 Esdras 3:1– 4:63. Beverley Sherry “Apologus de Rustico et Hero” [The Fable of Peasant and Landlord]. Poem by Milton, in all probability a school exercise dating to his ﬁnal years at St. Paul’s School (c.
1624). Published only in 1673, this Latin poem is a close imitation of a short fable of Mantuan (1448 –1516), whose religious, moral, and pastoral poems probably formed part of the curriculum of St. Paul’s. Mantuan’s poem, occurring in Sylvae 4, has an accompanying prose paraphrase (Opera B. Mantuani [Paris, 1513]). Milton seems to draw upon both versions and also upon parallel English phonetic versions (again in both verse and prose) by William Bullokar in Aesop’s Fables in True Orthography