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Milton and the Ineffable$
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Noam Reisner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572625.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Milton and the Ineffable

Noam Reisner (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Milton, ineffable, poetics of ineffability, numinous, apophatic theology, mystical discourse

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