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Milton's AngelsThe Early-Modern Imagination$
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Joad Raymond

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560509.001.0001

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Dryden's Fall: Dreams, Angels, Freewill

Dryden's Fall: Dreams, Angels, Freewill

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Milton's Angels

Raymond Joad

Oxford University Press

Dryden's account of Milton, deeply ingrained with ambivalence, is not a thoroughly hostile or an ignorant one. His adaptation emerges from his close and conflicted relationship with Milton; it is a dialogue, an imitation, a translation that discloses the shift in Restoration literary modes. An exploration of the matrix of this adaptation shows how Dryden's angelology and his extended account of freewill disclose a seriousness of purpose and a degree of coherence in his adaptation. It shows that angels, dreams, and freewill are intimately related. Dryden's reading and subsequent adaptation of Paradise Lost had at its centre his enduring concern with freewill and dramatic form, and the virtue of angels in the machinery of representation.

Keywords:   Dryden, freewill, dreams, Dryden's angelology, Milton

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