"Such Prompt Eloquence": Language as Agency and Character in Milton's Epics
This work traces in Milton's epics the characters' uses of words and analyzes the ways in which language leads the reader to a very precise understanding of the agents in the poems. Through discussion of the verbal conflicts, it demonstrates how Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained are of a piece.
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