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Altering Eyes: New Perspectives on Samson Agonistes by Mark R. Kelley, Joseph Wittreich

By Mark R. Kelley, Joseph Wittreich

The essays during this quantity convey below scrutiny conventional interpretations of what's greatly thought of Milton's final poem. As such the essays in changing Eyes are an imitation of the writings they might remove darkness from, that is to assert that they're "methodologically adventurous, " now not purely "assimilative, " and should do the type of paintings that a lot Milton feedback of contemporary many years has resisted. obvious in some of these essays is a deep alliance, an interdependency among historical past, literature, and conception. the following philosophy and psychology, overseas legislation, economics, ethics, felony concept, aesthetics and biblical hermeneutics, the legislation of style and normal alterations, republican politics, comparative faith all come into play. a result of paths they pursue and the serious methodologies they set up, those 11 essays revise not just previous feedback but in addition each other with the name of this quantity, changing Eyes, in its invocation of Blake's clever injunction that the attention changing alters all, serving as their highbrow and methodological, paradigm.

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That the ten lines in the Omissa make a single point and are clearly of a piece also decreases the likelihood that the compositor would happen to overlook this particular block of text. Still, the title Omissa implies some form of negligence. Perhaps these ten lines had been crossed out in the manuscript and the printer did not realize that Milton wanted them restored until late in the production of the text. Or, according to the simplest explanation, while touching up the manuscript before sending it to the printer, Milton made the revision in the margin or on a separate piece of paper that the compositor initially overlooked.

Herbert Davies and Harry Carter, 2d ed. ’’ McKenzie emphasizes that Moxon’s description of proofreading corresponds to the available evidence gleaned from analyzing Elizabethan texts. 21. As I have argued elsewhere, if the book were set by pages and the ten lines had been discovered missing before sheet O had gone to press, the compositor could probably have reset the type, page by page, without much trouble. Adding the ten lines to O5r, he could then have lengthened the text by two lines on O5v, O6r, O6v, O7r, and O7v.

John Carey, 2d ed. (London and New York: Longman, 1997). 8. After the third, folio edition of Paradise Regain’d. . Samson Agonistes was published in 1688, the original connection between the two poems was no longer preserved except for the sake of convenience. Instead, as David Masson observes, ‘‘the tendency was to editions of all Milton’s poetical works collec- .......................... ’’ See The Poetical Works of John Milton, ed. Masson (London: Macmillan, 1877), 285. 9. The Works of John Milton, ed.

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