ENG303H1 Lecture Notes - Battel, Reconsideration Of A Motion, Pangs

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Architect God/Mulciber, allusion to epic
Comparison playing with sense of time
Before the past happens
Reconsider timeline of history
Greek myths, fall of Greek and Roman after Fall… but all Falls in humankind
modeled on original Fall
Interpretive activity of allusion
Typology how Christian theology is fulfilled/prefigured by Old Testament
Lessons learned in Book 1 will help understand later Books
Book 2
o 1HIgh on a Throne of Royal State, which far
o 2Outshon the wealth of Ormus and of Ind,
o 3Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand
o 4Showrs on her Kings Barbaric Pearl and Gold,
o 5Satan exalted sat, by merit rais'd
o 6To that bad eminence; and from despair
o 7Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires
o 8Beyond thus high, insatiate to pursue
o 9Vain Warr with Heav'n, and by success untaught
o 10His proud imaginations thus displaid.
Finally see Satan on throne in Pandemonium
Colonialism (barbaric gold… exploitation), republican government,
monarchical throne
o 43He ceas'd, and next him Moloc, Scepter'd King
o 44Stood up, the strongest and the fiercest Spirit
o 45That fought in Heav'n; now fiercer by despair:
o 46His trust was with th' Eternal to be deem'd
o 47Equal in strength, and rather then be less
o 48Car'd not to be at all; with that care lost
o 49Went all his fear: of God, or Hell, or worse
o 50He reck'd not, and these words thereafter spake.
Moloc rash, wants to open war, advocating
o 106He ended frowning, and his look denounc'd
o 107Desperate revenge, and Battel dangerous
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o 108To less then Gods. On th' other side up rose
o 109Belial, in act more graceful and humane;
o 110A fairer person lost not Heav'n; he seemd
o 111For dignity compos'd and high exploit:
o 112But all was false and hollow; though his Tongue
o 113Dropt Manna, and could make the worse appear
o 114The better reason, to perplex and dash
o 115Maturest Counsels: for his thoughts were low;
o 116To vice industrious, but to Nobler deeds
o 117Timorous and slothful: yet he pleas'd the ear,
o 118And with perswasive accent thus began.
Slick politician that speaks well but has bad vice
It may not be so bad down here
o 187Warr therefore, open or conceal'd, alike
o 188My voice disswades; for what can force or guile
o 189With him, or who deceive his mind, whose eye
o 190Views all things at one view? he from heav'ns highth
o 191All these our motions vain, sees and derides;
o 192Not more Almighty to resist our might
o 193Then wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles.
Moment of truth, God sees all, fearsome consequences
No point in plotting since knows
Mammon gold, propose to stay here free instead, make it nice
o 237We overpower? Suppose he should relent
o 238And publish Grace to all, on promise made
o 239Of new Subjection; with what eyes could we
o 240Stand in his presence humble, and receive
o 241Strict Laws impos'd, to celebrate his Throne
o 242With warbl'd Hymns, and to his God head sing
o 243Forc't Halleluia's; while he Lordly sits
o 244Our envied Sovran, and his Altar breathes
o 245Ambrosial Odours and Ambrosial Flowers,
o 246Our servile offerings. This must be our task
o 247In Heav'n this our delight; how wearisom
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o 248Eternity so spent in worship paid
o 249To whom we hate.
290After the Tempest: Such applause was heard
291As Mammon ended, and his Sentence pleas'd,
292Advising peace: for such another Field
293They dreaded worse then Hell: so much the fear
294Of Thunder and the Sword of Michael
295Wrought still within them; and no less desire
296To found this nether Empire, which might rise
297By pollicy, and long process of time,
298In emulation opposite to Heav'n.
o 299Which when Beelzebub perceiv'd, then whom,
o 300Satan except, none higher sat, with grave
o 301Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd
o 302A Pillar of State; deep on his Front engraven
o 303Deliberation sat and public care;
o 304And Princely counsel in his face yet shon,
o 305Majestic though in ruin: sage he stood
o 306With Atlantean shoulders fit to bear
o 307The weight of mightiest Monarchies; his look
o 308Drew audience and attention still as Night
o 309Or Summers Noon-tide air, while thus he spake.
310Thrones and Imperial Powers, off-spring of heav'n
311Ethereal Vertues; or these Titles now
312Must we renounce, and changing stile be call'd
313Princes of Hell? for so the popular vote
314Inclines, here to continue, and build up here
315A growing Empire; doubtless; while we dream,
316And know not that the King of Heav'n hath doom'd
317This place our dungeon, not our safe retreat
318Beyond his Potent arm, to live exempt
319From Heav'ns high jurisdiction, in new League
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Greek myths, fall of greek and roman after fall but all falls in humankind modeled on original fall. Typology how christian theology is fulfilled/prefigured by old testament figures/symbols. Lessons learned in book 1 will help understand later books. Finally see satan on throne in pandemonium. Moloc rash, wants to open war, advocating: 106he ended frowning, and his look denounc"d, 107desperate revenge, and battel dangerous, 108to less then gods. Slick politician that speaks well but has bad vice. Moment of truth, god sees all, fearsome consequences. This must be our task: 247in heav"n this our delight; how wearisom, 248eternity so spent in worship paid, 249to whom we hate. 290after the tempest: such applause was heard. 291as mammon ended, and his sentence pleas"d, 293they dreaded worse then hell: so much the fear. 294of thunder and the sword of michael. 295wrought still within them; and no less desire. 296to found this nether empire, which might rise. 297by pollicy, and long process of time,

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