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Milton's Languages : The Impact of Multilingualism on Style - John K. Hale

Milton's Languages

The Impact of Multilingualism on Style

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1997
ISBN: 9780521583534
Number Of Pages: 264

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Milton's poetry is one of the glories of English literature, and yet it owes everything to Milton's widespread knowledge of other languages: he knew ten, wrote in four, and translated from five. In Milton's Languages, John K. Hale first examines Milton's language-related arts in verse-composition, translations, annotations of Greek poets, Latin prose and political polemic, giving all relevant texts both in the original and in translation. Hale then traces the impact of Milton's multilingualism on his major English poems. Many vexed questions of Milton studies are illuminated by this approach, including his sense of vocation, his attitude to print and publicity, the supposed blemish of Latinism in his poetry and his response to his literary predecessors. Throughout this first full-length study of Milton's use of languages, Hale argues that it is only by understanding Milton's choice among languages that we can fully understand Milton's own unique English.

"...Hale's book is not a bad companion to choose for one's next dip into the sparkling, multi-vocal stream of Milton's languages." Matthias Bauer, Seventeenth-Century News "...Hale adds to the discussion by explicating passages of distinctly Miltonic borrowing and adaptation. Hale's analyses of Milton's Latin poems and Latin prose works are especially insightful." S. Archer, Choice "This is then a thoughtful, learned, and judicious book, carefully argued and supported by a wealth of convincing detail. It is refreshingly free from jargon...There is a very useful index of Milton passage sited. This book can be warmly recommended to all students of Milton." Modern Philology

Introduction: Milton-s languages in the context of Renaissance multilingualism
Milton-s Exercising of his Languages
The multilingual self presented in Milton-s poems (1645)
The development and quality of Milton-s multilingual verse
The Italian journey (1638-9) and language-choice
Milton-s arts of language: translating and philology
Milton-s Latin prose
Conclusion
Multilingualism and the Major English Poems
Latin and Milton-s other languages in the style of Paradise Lost
Milton-s languages and the voices of Paradise Lost
Multilingualism and epic
Multilingualism and the style of temperance in Paradise Regained
Hebrew meets Greek in Samson Agonistes
The impact of Milton-s languages upon his mature English verse styles
Appendix: on translating Milton-s Latin
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521583534
ISBN-10: 0521583535
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th August 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56