Even though, as literary critics, we have been trained to think in terms of imagery, of rhetorical tropes, or allegory, a bird may just be a bird, and a rose is a rose is a rose, in Milton as in Gertrude Stein. Edwards has discovered, for instance, that thornless roses were not just a feature of Eden: Milton is un-superstitious about science, and un-sentimental, and un-nostalgic.
Bacon gave Milton an empirical attitude towards scientific observation, Browne gave him a skeptical eye, Hooke gave him a microscopic perspective, Boyle gave him some keys to understanding the inner workings of the human body, and Evelyn defined pestilential smog and unnatural air pollution for him.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Science and Poetry in Paradise Lost. Expanding on what she means by linking science and poetry in her subtitle, Edward summarizes: ISBN 0 It is worth the price of the book just to find out how subtly words like experience or occult were used by people like Francis Bacon or Robert Boyle-and also by Milton.
Satan is indeed a charlatan who sells Eve the equivalent of snake oil-the forbidden fruit-in the process of practicing a combination of black magic, snake-oil salesmanship, and pseudo-religious patter. Svendsen pictured Milton as a fossilized old Elizabethan with a backward view of the New Philosophy: Satan is not an empiricist Edwards finds Milton agreeing with the Baconians.
View freely available titles: Experience, not abstraction; the world of observation, not speculation; inductive classification, not classical precedent, instructs Milton when he describes plants and animals, in Eden and out of it.
Edwards concentrates on the book of nature in the first major division of her book, on animals in the second part, and on plants in the third, firmly placing the experimentalism of the Baconian empiricists in the study of nature according to Milton.
Aha, you say, snake oil: Satan is the embodiment of a snake-oil salesman, as well, anti-scientific, a mountebank, a quack: You are not currently authenticated.MILTON AND THE NATURAL WORLD Science and Poetry in Paradise Lost KAREN L. EDWARDS. published by the press syndicate of the university of cambridge The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom Milton’s poem another name for the devil”; it is an “idol [Eve] erects as.
Milton and the Natural World has 2 ratings and 0 reviews. Karen Edwards offers a fresh view of Paradise Lost, in which Milton is shown to represent Eden' /5(2). It is the thesis of this book that the natural world represented in Paradise Lost yields its interpretive riches upon an experimental reading and that comprising those riches are the reveries, discoveries, and uncertainties of experimental philosophy in its first, exhilarating decades.
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