ENG303H1 Lecture Notes - Habitants, In Solitude, Namd

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Celestial descent into human through invocation
Comparing self to Orpheus, poet figure, Republican who narrowly escaped execution
Milton himself becomes solitary Abdiel figure
50Though wandring. He with his consorted Eve
51The storie heard attentive, and was fill'd
implies Eve hears, but later hears through Adam and overheard angel as he left
(book 8)
some discrepancies in poem about where Eve is
all the more important to note why these mistakes happen
clues for reading Milton’s relationship with Eve character
59With Blessedness. Whence Adam soon repeal'd
60The doubts that in his heart arose: and now
61Led on, yet sinless, with desire to know
62What neerer might concern him, how this World
63Of Heav'n and Earth conspicious first began,
64When, and whereof created, for what cause,
65What within Eden or without was done
66Before his memorie, as one whose drouth
67Yet scarce allay'd still eyes the current streame,
68Whose liquid murmur heard new thirst excites,
69Proceeded thus to ask his Heav'nly Guest.
Immediately wants to learn more, led on yet sinless… thirst unquenched
Led on, but not sinless vs led on, not sinless yet
Line embodies concept of free will that poem is trying to reiterate
Potential for imperfection, delicate balance that has to be constantly checked and
maintained
Adam’s question meant to be good thing
Responsibility of exercising capacities with free will
Free to make choice and need to discipline making self able to make choice, work
Angelic epic in middle because God’s revelation supposed to be ongoing process of
interrogation, Adam challenging God, debates
Conversation and contemplation, questioning important values
112Obtaine: though to recount Almightie works
113What words or tongue of Seraph can suffice,
114Or heart of man suffice to comprehend?
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115Yet what thou canst attain, which best may serve
116To glorifie the Maker, and inferr
117Thee also happier, shall not be withheld
118Thy hearing, such Commission from above
119I have receav'd, to answer thy desire
120Of knowledge within bounds; beyond abstain
121To ask, nor let thine own inventions hope
122Things not reveal'd, which th' invisible King,
123Onely Omniscient, hath supprest in Night,
124To none communicable in Earth or Heaven:
125Anough is left besides to search and know.
126But Knowledge is as food, and needs no less
127Her Temperance over Appetite, to know
128In measure what the mind may well contain,
129Oppresses else with Surfet, and soon turns
130Wisdom to Folly, as Nourishment to Winde.
Bodily metaphors, appetite for knowledge pushed further
Want too much -> gluttony, wisdom to folly
243Let ther be Light, said God, and forthwith Light
244Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure
245Sprung from the Deep, and from her Native East
246To journie through the airie gloom began,
247Sphear'd in a radiant Cloud, for yet the Sun
248Was not; shee in a cloudie Tabernacle
249Sojourn'd the while. God saw the Light was good;
250And light from darkness by the Hemisphere
251Divided: Light the Day, and Darkness Night
252He nam'd. Thus was the first Day Eev'n and Morn:
253Nor past uncelebrated, nor unsung
254By the Celestial Quires, when Orient Light
255Exhaling first from Darkness they beheld;
256Birth-day of Heav'n and Earth; with joy and shout
257The hollow Universal Orb they fill'd,
258And touch't thir Golden Harps, and hymning prais'd
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259God and his works, Creatour him they sung,
260Both when first Eevning was, and when first Morn.
Echo Genesis
505There wanted yet the Master work, the end
506Of all yet don; a Creature who not prone
507And Brute as other Creatures, but endu'd
508With Sanctitie of Reason, might erect
509His Stature, and upright with Front serene
510Govern the rest, self-knowing, and from thence
511Magnanimous to correspond with Heav'n,
man distinguished with reason
Book 8
8The thirst I had of knowledge, and voutsaf't
9This friendly condescention to relate
10Things else by me unsearchable, now heard
11With wonder, but delight, and, as is due,
12With glorie attributed to the high
13Creator; something yet of doubt remaines,
14Which onely thy solution can resolve.
Adam’s thirst for knowledge, always want more
When I behold this goodly Frame, this World
16Of Heav'n and Earth consisting, and compute,
17Thir magnitudes, this Earth a spot, a graine,
18An Atom, with the Firmament compar'd
19And all her numberd Starrs, that seem to rowle
20Spaces incomprehensible (for such
21Thir distance argues and thir swift return
22Diurnal) meerly to officiate light
23Round this opacous Earth, this punctual spot,
24One day and night; in all thir vast survey
25Useless besides, reasoning I oft admire,
26How Nature wise and frugal could commit
27Such disproportions, with superfluous hand
28So many nobler Bodies to create,
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Comparing self to orpheus, poet figure, republican who narrowly escaped execution. 51the storie heard attentive, and was fill"d implies eve hears, but later hears through adam and overheard angel as he left (book 8) Some discrepancies in poem about where eve is. All the more important to note why these mistakes happen. Clues for reading milton"s relationship with eve character. 60the doubts that in his heart arose: and now. 61led on, yet sinless, with desire to know. 62what neerer might concern him, how this world. 63of heav"n and earth conspicious first began, 64when, and whereof created, for what cause, 65what within eden or without was done. 66before his memorie, as one whose drouth. 67yet scarce allay"d still eyes the current streame, 68whose liquid murmur heard new thirst excites, Immediately wants to learn more, led on yet sinless thirst unquenched. 69proceeded thus to ask his heav"nly guest. Led on, but not sinless vs led on, not sinless yet.

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