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Milton and the Ineffable

Noam Reisner


This book offers a comprehensive reassessment of Milton's poetic oeuvre in light of the literary and conceptual problem posed by Milton's sustained attempt to put into words that which is unsayable and beyond representation. The struggle with the ineffability of sacred or transcendental subject matter in many ways defines Milton's triumphs as a poet, especially in Paradise Lost, and goes to the heart of the central critical debates to engage his readers over the centuries and decades. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this study sheds fresh light on many of these debates by situating Milto ... More

Keywords: Milton, unsayable, ineffability, transcendental, sacred, Renaissance humanism, Protestant theology, silence, mystery, rapture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572625
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noam Reisner, author
Lecturer, Department of English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University
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