‘Oh my simplicity’: Revising Childhood in Milton's Ludlow <i>Maske</i>

Blaine Greteman

in Young Milton

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698707
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191740756 | DOI:
‘Oh my simplicity’: Revising Childhood in Milton's Ludlow Maske

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This essay uses Milton's extensive manuscript and print revisions of A Maske to demonstrate that his poetry was radicalizing before it was radical. A Maske exists within a network of collaborative relationships at the same time that its author constructs an image of himself as a singular, inspired author—not autonomous because inspired by God, nor dependent on the assistance and approval of others. This is key to Milton's ethical proof, the struggle for a singular voice within a larger framework. In the revisions to A Maske we see that struggle play out.

Keywords: Manuscript revisions; autonomy; conflict; ethical proofs; singularity; radicalism; collaboration; conventions

Chapter.  12439 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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