The Resource A reading of Paradise lost, by Helen Gardner

A reading of Paradise lost, by Helen Gardner

Label
A reading of Paradise lost
Title
A reading of Paradise lost
Statement of responsibility
by Helen Gardner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Miss Gardner's book is a collection of lectures. It is not about Milton's rhetoric or imagery, but about his whole high argument considered as an imaginative structure. What is its shape? how does it cohere? what is the relationship, within Milton's universe, of the cosmic theme to the human theme? -- these are her topics. In all her discussions Miss Gardner's special strength lies in her power to wing a 'middle flight' between two other opposites: the historical and the 'absolute' kinds of criticism; the one treating a poem wholly as a product of its age, and the other treating it as an aesthetic object in vacuo. Miss Gardner can look at Paradise Lost with an innocent eye and savour it with a taste uncorrupted by literary prejudice; but her appreciation is enriched and authenticated by her profound knowledge of the seventeenth century mind. She knows how much common ground Milton shared with his readers; how far he could expect them to suspend their disbelief; how much they would take for granted as scriptural and therefore true, and how much they could accept as 'accommodation' or probable fiction, or even as mere epic machinery and amplification. - Basil Willey
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DLC
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1908-1986
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Gardner, Helen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR3562
LC item number
.G3 1965
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
The Alexander lectures in the University of Toronto, 1962
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John (1608-1674)
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Fall of man in literature
  • Fall of man in literature
  • Poètes anglais
  • Littérature anglaise
Label
A reading of Paradise lost, by Helen Gardner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Paradise lost today -- The universe of Paradise lost -- The cosmic theme -- The human theme -- Appendix A : Milton's Satan and the theme of damnation in Elizabethan tragedy -- Appendix B : Milton's first illustrator
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 131 pages
Isbn
9780198116622
Lccn
66002276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)4977684
Label
A reading of Paradise lost, by Helen Gardner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Paradise lost today -- The universe of Paradise lost -- The cosmic theme -- The human theme -- Appendix A : Milton's Satan and the theme of damnation in Elizabethan tragedy -- Appendix B : Milton's first illustrator
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 131 pages
Isbn
9780198116622
Lccn
66002276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)4977684

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