Poetry Break: "The Odyssey"
On the Milton List yesterday, I asked the scholars there a question about Milton's theodicy:
As everyone knows, Milton gives this reason for composing Paradise Lost:My question is still getting replies, including one by Michael Bauman:That to the highth of this great ArgumentWhy does Milton want to justify God's ways to men?
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justifie the wayes of God to men. [PL 1.24-26]
(Luxon, Thomas H., ed. The Milton Reading Room, October, 2008.)
I suspect he wants to justify God's ways because those ways were sometimes under attack. They still are, so the apologetic enterprise continues. Because the attacks will likely never end, the defense has not been made for the last time -- though I doubt that God's defenders will elect to do it again in an epic format, especially in the age of shrunken text messages.To which Jameela Lares responded:
Haiku, anyone?I decided to take her up on the challenge:
That's my attempt at haiku theodicy. Others are free to try . . . but might also fall into poetic disrepute.The OdysseySufficient to'v stood,
though so free, all down to fall:
o felix culpa!
By the way, there's a daily haiku posted at the appropriately named DailyHaiku.