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Milton on the Continent; A Key to L'Allegro and Il Penseroso (Paperback) Loot Price: R198
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Milton on the Continent; A Key to L'Allegro and Il Penseroso (Paperback): Fanny Lee Byse

Milton on the Continent; A Key to L'Allegro and Il Penseroso (Paperback)

Fanny Lee Byse

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...from Dante. The Active Life is represented as Leah, who holds a mirror in one hand and in the other a wreath of flowers, the symbol of cheerfulness. The Contemplative Life, under the name of Rachel, indicates by the bent knee, by the upraised head and eye, that her rapt soul is mounting heavenwards, 'And looks commercing with the skies, Thy wrapt soul sitting in thine eyes, Forget thyself to marble.' According to Dante, Leah, the Active Life, is thus introduced at morning: 'About the hour, As I believe, when Venus from the east First lightened on the mountain, she whose orb Seems always glowing with the fire of love, A lady young and beautiful, I dreamed, Was passing o'er a lea: and, as she came, Methought I saw her ever and anon Bending to cull the flowers; and thus she sang: Know ye, whoever of my name would ask, That I am Leah: for my brow to weave A garland, these fair hands unwearied ply. To please me at the crystal mirror, here I deck me.' Michael Angelo followed Dante's idea in giving her the flowers and the mirror: 'But my sister Rachel, she Before her glass abides the livelong day Her radiant eyes beholding, charmed no less Than I with this delightful task. Her joy In contemplation, as in labour mine.' 'Purg., ' xxvii. The ideas attributed to Hermes and Zoroaster are creations of the modern Platonists of the Florentine Academy, founded more than a century before Milton's passage in Italy. They thought that our present existence is death, and our body our sepulture. Milton echoes their thoughts in his Ninth Sonnet: 'Meekly thou didst resign this earthly load Of death, called life; which us from life doth sever.' We cannot refrain from quoting here a few lines from Pic de la Mirandole, which are very Miltonic in spirit: 'Dieu a crde 1'homme...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2012
First published: July 2012
Authors: Fanny Lee Byse
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 1mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 20
ISBN-13: 978-1-151-71257-8
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Poetry texts & anthologies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Poetry texts & anthologies > General
LSN: 1-151-71257-4
Barcode: 9781151712578

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