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Milton's Grand Style - Christopher Ricks

Paperback Published: 23rd November 1978
ISBN: 9780198120902
Number Of Pages: 312

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The sensitive delicacy of the style of Paradise Lost is not as universally acknowledged as its sublimity. This book shows how Milton's Grand Style creates what Bagehot called a 'haunting atmosphere of enhancing suggestions'. There was subtlety as well as strength in Milton's control of word-order, word-play, metaphor, simile, and allusion. Certainly Milton's earliest editors were as aware of his delicacy as of his grandeur, and this book draws on their fine criticism for both stimulus and warrant. Book jacket.

Abbreviationsp. ix
The Milton Controversyp. 1
The Grand Stylep. 22
A Note on Rhythm and Musicp. 24
Syntax and Sublimityp. 27
Syntax and Sensep. 31
The Unsuccessful Metaphorp. 47
The Successful Metaphorp. 57
Word-Playp. 66
Postscriptp. 75
Enhancing Suggestionsp. 78
Liquid Texturep. 81
Tincture or Reflectionp. 87
Silent Yet Spakep. 102
Words, Actions All Infectp. 109
Simile And Cross-Referencep. 118
Index Of The Principal Passages Discussedp. 151
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9780198120902
ISBN-10: 0198120907
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 23rd November 1978
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.78 x 14.88  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.21