Milton's Scriptural Reasoning

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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John Milton's major poems have long provoked wide-ranging judgments about the purposes of his biblical engagement. In this elegant and insightful study, Phillip J. Donnelly transforms our common perceptions about Milton's writing. He challenges the traditional assumption that the poet shared our modern view that reason is a capacity whose purpose is to control nature. Instead, Milton's conception of reason - both human and divine - is bound up with a poetic sense of difference, a capacity for being faithful to a goodness and beauty that survives the effects of human frailty in the fall. Providing fresh new readings of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, Donnelly gives us important new perspectives on Milton's aesthetics, theology and politics.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments
Abbreviations and editions
Introduction: scriptural reasoning
Scriptural Reasoning in Milton's Prose
Reason, rhetoric, and educational reading
Monism and Protestant toleration
Biblicist Rhetoric and Ontology in Paradise Lost
Divine justice and divine filiation
Divine kingship
Rational battle
Rational allegory and gender
Biblicist Poetics and Hermeneutic Ethics
Biblical metanarrative as rule of faith
Paradise Regained as rule of charity
Samson Agonistes as personal drama
Subject index
Index of scripture references
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