Milton's Poetry of Independence: Five Studies

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Bucknell University Press, 1999 - Poetry - 160 pages
John Milton's vocation was that of a great poet, but he stood on the field of ecclesiastical and political controversy throughout his writing career. Milton's Poetry of Independence examines patterns of ecclesiological and affective imagery in five poems by Milton. The book shows how Milton's ecclesiastical nonconformity, his Puritan Independency, had important uses in his poetic art.
 

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Contents

Hurled Bones and the Noble Mind
25
Love Death and the Communion of Saints
45
Sad Faith and the Solitary Way
63
The Unobserved Kingdom
83
True Religion and Tragedy
105
Notes
131
Works Cited
146
Index
151
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