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Milton and the Natural World : Science and Poetry in Paradise Lost - Karen L. Edwards

Milton and the Natural World

Science and Poetry in Paradise Lost

Hardcover Published: 13th March 2000
ISBN: 9780521643597
Number Of Pages: 280

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Karen Edwards offers a fresh view of Paradise Lost, in which Milton is shown to represent Eden's plants and animals in the light of the century's new, scientific natural history. Debunking the fabulous lore of the old science, the poem embraces new imaginative and symbolic possibilities for depicting the natural world, suggested by the speculations of Milton's scientific contemporaries including Robert Boyle, Thomas Browne and John Evelyn. The natural world in Paradise Lost, with its flowers and trees, insects and beasts, emerges as a text alive with meaning.

'Full of quirky detail and careful research ... one does not have to agree with every reading to appreciate the importance of intelligent questioning to the future of Milton studies, and it is high praise to say that Edwards succeeds in giving us a fresh appreciation of Paradise Lost.' Margaret Kean, Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
Re-reading the Book of the World
Corrupting experience: Satan and Eve
Experimentalists and the book of the world
The place of experimental reading
Reforming Animals
Milton's complicated serpents
New uses for monstrous lore
From rarities to representatives
Rehabilitating the political animal
Transplanting the Garden
Naming and not naming
Botanical discretion
Flourishing colors
The balm of life
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521643597
ISBN-10: 0521643597
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 13th March 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.57