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The Design of the 1645 <i>Poems</i>

Stella P. Revard

in Young Milton

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698707
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191740756 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698707.003.0009
The Design of the 1645 Poems

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Milton arranges the 1645 Poems carefully, placing early poems in the first half of each volume and the most recent poems towards the end of each book. Each poem or group of poems is affected by what has come before and prepares for what follows. Moreover, a symmetry for the double book derives from how the Poems and Poemata complement or contrast. Clues on how to read the 1645 Poems appear in the Latin ode composed for the Bodleian librarian John Rouse. It explains the book as a twin volume, joined together with a single binding but separated with double title pages. A young book (iuvenilis) from a young poet, its poems embrace a sportiveness deliberately indulged.

Keywords: poetic order; calculated arrangement; complementarity; Latin language; juvenilia; interrelationships

Chapter.  6812 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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