This introductory chapter sets up the ensuing discussion of Milton's poetics of ineffability by defining the precise use in this study of such terms as ‘ineffable’, ‘numinous’, and ‘apophatic theology’, and distinguishing conceptually between mystical discourse that talks about an ineffable subject by demonstrably failing to talk to ‘about’ it, and the poetic discourse of Milton that pretends to actually talk about an ineffable subject, while actually talking around it. The chapter then provides a brief overview of the book as a whole.
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