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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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Conclusion: Angels and Literary Representation

Conclusion: Angels and Literary Representation

(p.355) 14 Conclusion: Angels and Literary Representation
Milton's Angels

Raymond Joad

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores what broader changes might have taken place in writing and thinking about angels during the two centuries and more following the Reformation. It deals not only with the relationship between angels and natural-philosophical enquiry, but also with knowledge more broadly understood. It considers some proposals about the relationship between theology and literature, the demise of allegory, the secularization of writing, and the idea of a dissociation of sensibility. This book has sketched the landscape of angel-learning and angel-writing in early modern Britain. Paradise Lost has been at the centre of this map, because of its intrinsic interest as the greatest poem of the period, one that relies on angels for its aesthetics and theology, and because it provides a persuasive point of entry to the vast body of writing that concerns or touches upon angels.

Keywords:   Protestant culture, iconoclasm, allegory, secularization, Paradise Lost, Milton

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