The Complete Works of John Milton: Volume III: The Shorter Poems

Hardcover | November 11, 2012

EditorBarbara Kiefer Lewalski, Estelle Haan

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Volume III of the new eleven-volume edition of Milton's Complete Works from the Oxford University Press provides a definitive scholarly edition of all of Milton's shorter poems in English, Italian, Latin, and Greek, as well as his Mask, taken from both published and manuscript sources. Itpresents his 1645 Poems complete, with all prefatory materials, to display the ways in which author, publisher, and printshop shaped this volume. It then presents all the new poems added in the 1673 edition (with the new Table of Contents), and the poems omitted from both editions. A careful collation of textual variants among these sources as well as the 1637 anonymous publication of Milton's Mask is provided. Also, the Bridgewater manuscript version of Milton's Mask (close to the acting version), and his working copy from the Trinity Manuscript, with its many alterationsand additions, are transcribed in their entirety, so that the various versions may be compared and studied. A special feature of this edition is the new translation of Milton's many Latin and Greek poems that is both accurate and attentive to their literary quailities. Also, it supplies a poetic translation of Milton's six italian sonnets and Canzone. In addition, it presents in Appendices, of all theversions of Milton's shorter poems in all the contemporary manuscript and printed sources, so they may be compared and examined in relation to their specific contexts. The transcription of all the versions of Milton's poems in the Trinity Manuscript allows in several cases, notably 'Lycidas' and'At a Solemn Music', for examination of the evolution of these poems as Milton weighed choices of diction and sound qualities and so enables further understanding of his poetic practices.Introductory essays address the occasions and circumstances for all these poems, the poetic development of the Vernacular poems as Milton worked in several genres, and for his Latin and Greek Poemata it provides an overview of Milton's achievement as a Neo-Latin poet, as well as a detailed accountof the criticism pertaining to each poem. A Textual Introduction discusses all of the sources, printed and manuscript, in which Milton's poems appear, points up special features of many copies of both collected editions as well as the volume in which Milton's 'Lycidas' was first published (JustaEdouardo King naufrago), and indicates the marginalia and other notes supplied by several contemporary readers. As an aid to both students and scholars, the Commentary sections provide word definitions from the OED, highlighting occasions when Milton's usage was the earliest one recorded, and alsoidentify biblical, classical, historical, and geographical allusions and references, and some relevant critical studies of particular elements.

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Volume III of the new eleven-volume edition of Milton's Complete Works from the Oxford University Press provides a definitive scholarly edition of all of Milton's shorter poems in English, Italian, Latin, and Greek, as well as his Mask, taken from both published and manuscript sources. Itpresents his 1645 Poems complete, with all pref...

Barbara Kiefer Lewalski is William R. Kenan Jr. Research Professor of History and Literature and of English at Harvard University. She held professorial chairs and taught at Harvard and at Brown University for many years, and served as Director of Graduare Studies in English at both institutions. Her several books and articles are chie...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:November 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsAbbreviationsEditorial ProceduresIntroductionsThe 1645 PoemsPoems added in 1673Poems omitted in 1645 and 1673, published and manuscript versionsTrinity Manuscript of A Mask, transcriptionBridgewater Manuscript of A Mask, transcriptionCommentariesAppendix A: Poems published in other places and manuscript versionsAppendix B: Trinity Manuscript versions not elsewhere transcribedAppendix C: Other manuscript versionsAppendix D: Other Hobson PoemsAppendix E: Henry Lawes' Music for the Songs in A Mask, with commentary