Miltons Style Reading Milton is challenging, just as many good things are. This is the stuff of college literature courses! You will be able to test your viability for college by how well you are able to discern the themes of and make connections to Miltons prose. This will take effort and will require your full attention. Miltons style Why do students find Milton so challenging?
Allusions Epic similes Irregular syntax Unrhymed iambic pentameter Allusions References to statements, people, places, events or things from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science or popular culture.
Allusions Hes a regular Babe Ruth! Hes really smart what an Einstein! He looked like Shaq out on the court today.
Did you see what she posted last night? It was like Twittergate! My teacher totally pulled a Kanye in class today. The relief workers were a worthy group of Good
Samaritans. Epic similes What makes a simile epic? When something in the poem is compared to something quite outside the poem often an animal, sometimes a human being or a human action. Epic similes
What epic similes does Milton use to describe Satans bulk in lines 192 202 of Paradise Lost? Thus Satanlay floating many a rood, in bulk as huge As whom the fables name of monstrous size, Titanian or Earth-born, that warred on Jove, Briareos or Typhon, whom the den By ancient Tarsus held, or that sea-beast Leviathan, which God of all his works Created hugest that swim in the ocean stream
Style The unique manner in which writers use language to express their ideas. Two of the main aspects of style are diction and syntax. Diction Diction Word choice Diction
Word choice transgress infernal guile affliction contention Syntax Word order, or the way sentences are
constructed Syntax Word order, or the way sentences are constructed In English, were used to seeing sentences formed like this:
Subject verb compliment Syntax Word order, or the way sentences are constructed In English, were used to seeing sentences formed like this:
Subject verb compliment John ran to the store Syntax Sometimes, the subject of a sentence can be hard to find. To find the subject, ask Who? or What? Before the verb.
A group of pilgrims gathered at the Tabard. Syntax Sometimes, the subject of a sentence can be hard to find. To find the subject, ask Who? or What? Before the verb.
A group of pilgrims gathered at the Tabard. Out of the stillness came the sound of laughter. Syntax Sometimes, the subject of a sentence is understood. That means that it does not appear in the sentence.
Syntax Sometimes, the subject of a sentence is understood. That means that it does not appear in the sentence. Name the pilgrim who has just returned from battle. Syntax
Sometimes, the subject of a sentence is understood. That means that it does not appear in the sentence. (You) name the pilgrim who has just returned from battle.
Who is being told to name the pilgrim? The subject of a command is always understood to be you. Syntax Sometimes, the subject and verb are arranged in a different order. I went quickly to the store.
Quickly to the store went I. Syntax Beware! You know what the subject and the verb are, no matter what other stuff the writer sticks in between! Quickly to that wretched store, the one I had visited twice Before, And one with that horrible creaking
door, one spoke of In forgotten lore that store of death and decay oh my, To the store quickly, silently went I. Syntax Beware! You know what the subject and the verb are, no matter what other stuff the author sticks in between! Quickly to the wretched store, the one I had visited twice before, And one with that horrible creaking door, one spoke of in Forgotten lore that store of
death and decay oh my, To the store quickly, silently went I. Syntax Milton is famous for inverting the order of words. In lines 76 78, what are the subject, verb and direct object?
There the companions of his fall, oerwhelmed With floods and whirlwinds of tempestuous fire, He soon discerns Syntax Sometimes, to fit his rhythm, he omits words altogether!
He soon discerns, and weltering by his side One next himself in power, and next in crime, Long after known in Palestine, and named Beelzebub. Syntax In the very first sentence of the poem (which is sixteen lines long!) Milton delays the main verb
for nearly six lines! What Milton means is "Sing, Muse, of man's first disobedience, and the fruit of that Forbidden Tree" but he inverts the order and starts with "Of man's first disobedience, and the Fruit/ Of that Forbidden Tree
He doesnt get to the verb sing until line 6! Syntax How would you rephrase these lines using normal English syntax? Fallen Cherub, to be weak is miserable, Doing or suffering: But of this be sure, To do aught good will never be our task,
But ever to do ill our sole delight, As being contrary to his high will Whom we resist
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