Milton, Music and Literary Interpretation: Reading through the Spirit

1st Edition

David Ainsworth

Routledge
January 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9780367178321 - CAT# K415941
Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

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Summary

Milton, Music and Literary Interpretation: Reading through the Spirit constructs a musical methodology for interpreting literary text drawn out of John Milton’s poetry and prose. Analyzing the linkage between music and the Holy Spirit in Milton’s work, it focuses on harmony and its relationship to Milton’s theology and interpretative practices. Linking both the Spirit and poetic music to Milton’s understanding of teleology, it argues that Milton uses musical metaphor to capture the inexpressible characteristics of the divine. The book then applies these musical tools of reading to examine the non-trinitarian union between Father, Son, and Spirit in Paradise Lost, argues that Adam and Eve’s argument does not break their concord, and puts forward a reading of Samson Agonistes based upon pity and grace.

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