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Milton's Grand Style$
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Christopher Ricks

Print publication date: 1978

Print ISBN-13: 9780198120902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198120902.001.0001

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Simile and Cross-reference

Simile and Cross-reference

(p.118) 4. Simile and Cross-reference
Milton's Grand Style

Christopher Ricks

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the Miltonic Simile. It explains that it may first seem that a particular simile has no special point to make — but again and again it shows that it anticipates a later development of the fable. It notes that in order to appreciate many of Milton's similes, it is important to bring the while of the story, not just the immediate moment, to bear on it. It then demonstrates how the eighteenth century debate about similes went through the assessments of Addison.

Keywords:   Miltonic Simile, eighteenth century, Addision, cross-reference, simile

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