Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Part of the Introduction on Milton and MacLeish

J. M.

I may have posted an earlier version of this already, but so be it if I have:
A moment's reflection on MacLeish’s dual roles as poet and public figure should lead readers to see that MacLeish not only knew the two roles, he also had the skill set to make good use of them. He was like Milton in these ways, for Milton was definitely both poet and public figure. However, where Milton wants to justify God's ways to humankind, MacLeish will argue that God's ways cannot be justified at all. Both Milton and MacLeish composed short lyrical poems, but also long, epic ones. They both therefore had to deal with myth and even to mythologize. In fact, the similitude of their similarity and the depth of their difference may very well have left MacLeish anxious about there being too much of Milton in MacLeish's filling of the two roles at least as well as Milton had, but also perhaps anxious to fill the two roles still better than Milton had, even while drawing attention away from Milton's influence. This article will explore these various possibilities.
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At 3:03 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Not sure what to suggest 'till we see more of the article?

Are you seeking to expose some subtext or "political" irony/curiosity that might instruct us?

At 5:49 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I might make a political point sometime. Others have made it, but I have to see the evidence first.

Jeffery Hodges

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