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Go Little Book

Maggie Kilgour

in Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199589432
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589432.003.0007

Series: Classical Presences

Go Little Book

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This brief envoi reads the verse epistle ‘Ad Joannem Rousium, Oxoniensis Academiae Bibliothecarium’, the last poem in Milton's 1673 reissue of his 1645 Poems, as Milton's submission to a future in which it is his turn to be recreated by others. It shows how the story of Phaethon, with the complementary tale of Ion told by Euripides, suggests the poem's possible futures. Noting that the last lines of Milton's poem rework Ovid's hope for immortality in Amores 1. 15, it argues that Milton's career comes full circle, as the act of authorial self‐fashioning is always continued in the process of reception.

Keywords: Milton; Ovid; reception; Phaethon; Ion; Euripides

Chapter.  3366 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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