Milton and the Ineffable by Noam Reisner

Milton and the Ineffable

byNoam Reisner

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Milton and the Ineffable offers a comprehensive reassessment of Milton's poetic oeuvre in light of the literary and conceptual problem posed by the poet's attempt to put into words that which is unsayable and beyond representation. The struggle with the ineffability of sacred or transcendentalsubject matter in many ways defines Milton's triumphs as a poet, especially in Paradise Lost, and goes to the heart of the central critical debates to engage his readers over the centuries and decades. Taking an interdisciplinary conceptual approach, this study sheds fresh light on many of thesedebates by situating Milton's poetics of ineffability in the context of the intellectual cross-currents of Renaissance humanism and Protestant theology. The book plots an ongoing narrative in Milton's poetry about silence and ineffable mystery which forms the intellectual framework within whichMilton continually shapes and reshapes his poetic vision of the created universe and the elect man's singular place within it. From the free paraphrase of Psalm 114 to Paradise Regained, the presence of the ineffable insinuates itself into Milton's poetry as both the catalyst and check for hispoetic creativity, where the fear of silence and ineffable mystery on the one hand, and the yearning to lose himself and his readers in unspeakable rapture on the other, becomes a struggle for poetic self-determination and finally redemption.

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Noam Reisner was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1974, a dual British-Israeli national. He took his BA degree in English and Classics at Tel Aviv University and then proceeded to do graduate work in Renaissance English literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. After completing his Oxford D.Phil, he was appointed Plumer Researc...
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Title:Milton and the IneffableFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:December 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199572623

ISBN - 13:9780199572625

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Silence and Presence2. The Power and Illusion of Words: Renegotiating Ineffable Presence in the Advent of Humanism and Reform3. Milton's Poems 1645: The Problem with Soaring4. Paradise Lost: Pretending to Say the Unsayable5. Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes: The Ineffable SelfEpilogue: Wittgenstein's VerdictAppendix: Burning CoalsBibliography