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Paradise Lost : And Its Critics - A. J. A. Waldock

Paradise Lost

And Its Critics

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Published: 3rd March 1961
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Professor Waldock rejects the common critical urge, at the time of this book's publication in 1961, to assert that certain parts of Paradise Lost conflict with Milton's stated aim. Instead he argues that, because Milton recounts the difficult first chapters of Genesis at such length and in such imaginative detail, he disconcerts his readers. Milton's poetic power gives Adam and Eve at the moment of the Fall such human attractiveness that it is impossible to condemn them. The magnificent figure of Satan is consistently more appealing than Milton's God; and by a fatal lack of literary tact God is presented directly and quoted at length. This leads Milton into absurd literalisms and sometimes into evasiveness and self-contradiction and produces a conflict between what Milton meant to do and what the poem actually does. Professor Waldock's witty critical arguments appeal to the reader's direct and unprompted response to the poetry.

Preface
The poet and the theme
The fall (i)
The fall (ii)
Satan and the technique of degradation
God and the angels - and Dante
'Unconscious meanings' in Paradise Lost
Conclusion
Index
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ISBN: 9780521091411
ISBN-10: 0521091411
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 3rd March 1961
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16