The Grand Style
This chapter presents the argument of Milton's critics that Milton's Grand Style is not that it is not grand, but that its grandeur forfeits the possibility of delicacy and subtlety. It selects four important Miltonic topics — rhythm or music, syntax, metaphor, and word-play. It explains that to examine what has been said about Milton's rhythms and music is soon to realize that it provided one of the elements of the Grand Style which is both indisputably important and almost impossible to analyse. That Milton's sound-effects are magnificent is not denied even by his detractors. It notes that the key to any understanding of the Grand Style is decorum. It illuminates that it is decorum that demanded Milton to elevate his style by deviating greatly from common usage and it is decorum again which explains Milton's use of metaphor.
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