Lecture 11 - The Miltonic Simile << previous session| next session >>Overview:Milton's characteristic use of simile is explored in Books One and Two of Paradise Lost.Particular attentionis paid to how Milton's similes work to support, undermine, and complicate both the depiction of Satan andthe broader thematic concerns of the poem, such as the ideas of free will and divine providence. The criticalperspectives of Geoffrey Hartman and Stanley Fish are incorporated into an analysis of Satan's shield andspear and the simile of the leaves.Reading assignment:John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose. (Hughes):Re-read Paradise Lost, Books I and II, focusing on the similesAdditional reading:Hartman, Geoffrey. "Milton's Counterplot." Reprinted in Milton: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited byLouis L. Martz, 100-108. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1966. (On the similes)
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