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Author Teskey, Gordon

Title Delirious Milton : the Fate of the Poet in Modernity
Published Cambridge : Harvard University Press, Oct. 2009


Description 1 online resource (224 pages)
Contents Introduction; 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; Notes; Index
Summary Annotation 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
Audience Trade Harvard University Press
Subject Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Aesthetics
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation
SUBJECT Milton, John, 1608-1674 fast
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.
Aesthetics, British
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Delirium in literature
Hallucinations and illusions in literature
Poetry -- Authorship
Poetry -- Authorship -- Psychological aspects
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Teskey, G
ISBN 9780674035096