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Author Teskey, Gordon, 1953- author.

Title Delirious Milton : the fate of the poet in modernity / Gordon Teskey
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2006


Description 1 online resource (vi, 214 pages)
Contents 1. Artificial paradises -- 2. Milton's halo -- 3. Milton and modernity -- 4. Why, this is chaos, nor am I out of it -- 5. God's body : concept and metaphor -- 6. A bleeding rib : Milton and classical culture -- 7. Milton's choice of subject -- 8. Revolution in Paradise regained -- 9. Samson and the heap of the dead
Summary "Composed after the collapse of his political hopes, Milton's great poems Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes are an effort to understand what it means to be a poet on the threshold of a post-theological world. The argument of Delirious Milton, inspired in part by the architectural theorist Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York, is that Milton's creative power is drawn from a rift at the center of his consciousness over the question of creation itself. This rift forces the poet to oscillate deliriously between two incompatible perspectives, at once affirming and denying the presence of spirit in what he creates. From one perspective the act of creation is centered in God and the purpose of art is to imitate and praise the Creator. From the other perspective the act of creation is centered in the human, in the built environment of the modern world. The oscillation itself, continually affirming and negating the presence of spirit, of a force beyond the human, is what Gordon Teskey means by delirium. He concludes that the modern artist, far from being characterized by what Benjamin (after Baudelaire) called 'loss of the aura, ' is invested, as never before, with a shamanistic spiritual power that is mediated through art."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-210) and index
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Gordon Teskey, Professor of English at Harvard University, is a preeminent scholar of Spenser and Milton
In English
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Subject Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Aesthetics
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation
SUBJECT Milton, John, 1608-1674 fast
Milton, John. swd
Milton, John, 1608-1674 nli
Subject Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- History -- 17th century
Poetry -- Authorship -- History -- 17th century
Poetry -- Authorship -- Psychological aspects
Hallucinations and illusions in literature.
Delirium in literature.
Aesthetics, British.
POETRY -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Aesthetics, British
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Delirium in literature
Hallucinations and illusions in literature
Poetry -- Authorship
Poetry -- Authorship -- Psychological aspects
Schöpfung Motiv
Kreativität Motiv
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- History -- 17th century
Poetry -- 17th century -- Authorship
Poetry -- Authorship -- Psychological aspects
Hallucinations and illusions in literature
Delirium in literature
Aesthetics, British
Genre/Form Literary criticism
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism.
Critiques littéraires.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674044302