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The Poetry of John Milton (Hardback)
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The Poetry of John Milton (Hardback)

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Hardback 636 Pages / Published: 05/06/2015
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For sublimity and philosophical grandeur Milton stands almost alone in world literature. His peers are Homer, Virgil, Dante, Wordsworth, and Goethe. Gordon Teskey shows how Milton's aesthetic joins beauty to truth and value to ethics and how he rediscovers the art of poetry as a way of thinking in the world as it is, and for the world as it can be.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674416642
Number of pages: 636
Weight: 1043 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 46 mm


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Every so often a critical book comes along that is so intelligent, so full in its range of treatment, so just in its moral and human judgments, that praise can't begin to do justice to it. Such is Gordon Teskey's book on Milton's poetry...[It] is wholly available to anyone who has been or wants to be a student--that is a reader--of Milton's poems...Not to be missed by anyone who aspires to be a better reader of Milton, especially of Paradise Lost.--William H. Pritchard"Hudson Review" (02/01/2016)
A major new response to the poetry...Throughout his study, Teskey displays his own erudition with a light hand. He illustrates how classical, mythological, historical and Scriptural resonances are significant and functional in Milton, but never lets them clog the poem under discussion...Teskey is clear that Milton spent his life urging his readers to reimagine their world. Teskey's approach to this life is compendious and in careful touch with recent Milton scholarship. His book is like a Renaissance commentary, long-meditated and expansive. There is a close and delicate attention to the historical and biographical frames of individual poems, which in turn prompt and inform rich formal analysis and interpretation. We also get Milton's theme as they are caught and refracted through later texts: there are countless fine aside on writers ranging from Heidegger to Larkin...It is superbly balanced in appreciation of both the language of the poetry and its moral arguments...Milton sought ever more ambitious ways of bringing his readers to reconsider their position in history and to think of ways of changing it. The means he used to provoke such wondering are considered beautifully and extensively in The Poetry of John Milton.--John Stubbs"Literary Review" (09/01/2015)
The pleasure of reading Milton is something that Teskey conveys with abundant ease in this major guide to the poetry, from Lycidas to Samson Agonistes...Teskey's treatment of On the Late Massacre in Piedmont is a model of the kind of close criticism he executes so well [and]...he is impressively attentive to the language, sources and afterlife of the poem. There is sensitivity and subtlety here that made me return to the poem and scan it anew...I was reminded of just how rich Milton's poetry is.--Willy Maley"Times Higher Education" (07/16/2015)
Gordon Teskey has lavished a life in scholarship on one poet. The Poetry of John Milton is a long book, but only just big enough to hold its wealth of commentary. It is an exercise in a pure kind of literary criticism, beholden to no particular ideology, bringing in biographical and social details only where strictly necessary, dwelling rather on matters of meaning and form, influence and reception, than character and event...It offers a compelling total interpretation of the work of one of our greatest poets.--Robert Minto"Open Letters Monthly" (08/01/2015)

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