[ilds] Durrell and Milton

Godshalk, William (godshawl) godshawl at ucmail.uc.edu
Thu Apr 8 18:31:28 PDT 2010

It's always good to remember that

Malt does more than Milton can

To justify god's ways to man.

W. L. Godshalk *
Department of English    *           *
University of Cincinnati*   * Stellar Disorder  *
OH 45221-0069 *  *
From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf Of Charles Sligh [Charles-Sligh at utc.edu]
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 3:24 PM
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Subject: Re: [ilds] Durrell and Milton

G. R. Taneja wrote:
>         I was wondering if there is an indication of Durrell’s
>         interest in Milton which can be easily accessed.

Beyond the mentions of Milton in Durrell's /Key to Modern British Poetry
/and in the intro to the Penguin /Wordsworth/, I cannot help thinking
here of the storied voyages of the HMS Milton and "her boys"--cf.
/Balthazar/, /Clea/, /Constance/, /Sebastian, /&c. That series alone
shows Durrell making a sustained, if highly ironic, meditation on his
epic precursor.

In addition, see for example "The Sirens":

>         Every poet and hero has to face them,
>         The glittering temptresses of his distraction,
>         The penalties which seek him for a hostage.
>         Homer and Milton: both were punished in their gift.

But also check the annotations to the new ELS editions of /Pied Piper of
Lovers/ and /Panic Spring/. There are several interesting Miltonic
allusions glossed by the editor there.


Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu

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