Studies In Milton And An Essay On Poetry by Alden SampsonStudies In Milton And An Essay On Poetry by Alden Sampson

Studies In Milton And An Essay On Poetry

byAlden Sampson

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913. Excerpt: ... In the Milton pamphlets are many passages which may well be characterized as conceived in a mood of "savage indignation,"--they are not hard to find,--and once in a Greek motto written by him to be placed beneath an engraved portrait which did not suit him, affixed as a frontispiece to the first edition of the minor poems, Milton concealed a bitter gibe, sanctioned by the usage of the time perhaps, but in itself a proceeding which would not now be permitted by social ethics, but would be condemned as an act of insincerity, almost of treachery; so do fashions change from age to age in regard to such matters. Marshall, the engraver, had not been successful in rendering the poet's features, and this was a fault and dereliction that the latter could not quite regard with philosophic equanimity, since he was always somewhat vain of his personal appearance, and any trifling with his dignity it was not easy for him to condone. In this mood of irritation the poet composed a quatrain in Greek and handed it to the poor, deluded artist with the request that it be inscribed beneath the face on the engraved plate. There it will stand for all time as Milton's protest against this specific act of incompetency. For twenty-five years this was the only published likeness of the poet. In the Pro se Defensio contra Alexandrum Morum, Milton says in regard to this portrait, apparently with no repentance for his act: "I allowed myself to be clumsily engraved by an unskilful engraver, because there was not another in the city in that time of war/' Masson thus translates the verse: The portrait is in an oval frame surrounded by the Muses of Tragic and of Lyric Poetry, of Astronomy and of History, and with a distant scene in miniature of shepherds dancing beneath the wood to the ...
Title:Studies In Milton And An Essay On PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217997910

ISBN - 13:9780217997911