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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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Spiritual Gifts: Angels, Inspiration, and Prophecy

Spiritual Gifts: Angels, Inspiration, and Prophecy

(p.189) 7 Spiritual Gifts: Angels, Inspiration, and Prophecy
Milton's Angels

Raymond Joad

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a transitional interlude in which this book moves from considering angels and theology towards Milton's angels and the literary imagination. It examines this operation of the spirit, understood within the context of Protestant theology of the spirit and particularly the inner light fundamental to British radicalism. It was understood in several ways: inspiration, vision, the voice of an angel heard internally or audibly, the voice of God, prophecy. Meanwhile, Paradise Lost describes events from the beginning of time to its end, many in the words of angels: the narrator's voice frames a series of speeches and stories offered by angels to humans.

Keywords:   angel poetry, Protestant prophecy, Paradise Lost, British radicalism, accommodation

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