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Libro ebook Muses and Graces, Serpents and Sirens, Virgins wise and pure… John  Milton s other women, Darío Gómez Escudero
Publisher: Vision Libros
Categories: Literary essays
Language: Inglés
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Publishing year: 2013
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ISBN: 9788490119235
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John Milton (
1608-1674) is one of those authors who do not leave anybody
impassive. Anyone who has read any of his poems or prose tracts is likely to
either love or hate him, but very rarely do his readers remain indifferent to his
words.
The vast majority of books, essays and articles dealing with the gender issue
have been made particularly with the eyes set on Eve. This interest in Eve is
precisely why this book takes a different perspective. Namely, this work proposes
a thorough look at Milton s other women, so to speak. In other words, avoiding a
direct analysis of Eve, what this work aims at is to search for any trace of feminine
characters in some of Milton s poetic and prose works and see their importance
and relevance in Milton s work as a whole.
The author is a lecturer in several faculties of Iberian Studies in Warsaw, Poland. He has written two
books in Spanish, namely, De Madrid a Varsovia (2007) and Un dia cualquiera (2011). He is
also an active translator from Spanish into English and author os several learning courses.

Introduction ........................................................................ 9
Chapter 1. Women in Milton s times .................................. 19
1.1. Women in the 16th and 17th century England .............. 19
1.2. Male writers on women ............................................. 22
1.3. Female writers on women .......................................... 26
1.4. Milton inside and outside home ................................. 32
Chapter 2. Milton s Other Women: A Cross-Section of his
Work ................................................................................... 48
2.1. Poetical Works ........................................................... 48
2.1.1. «Ad Patrem», or Milton s reasons to dedicate
his life to poetry ............................................ 48
2.1.2. «L Allegro» and «Il Penseroso», or Milton s
Graces and Muses in action .......................... 53
2.1.3. Comus, or a nameless virginal protagonist..... 60
2.1.4. Lycidas, or the use of feminine characters to
become an immortal poet ............................. 73
2.1.5. Samson Agonistes´ Dalilah, or the most imperfect
wife ever............................................ 84
2.1.6. «Methought I Saw my Late Espoused Saint»,
or female sanctity after death......................... 97
2.2. Prose Works ............................................................... 101
2.2.1. «The Second Defence…», «Considerations…»,
«A Free Commonwealth», or teaching through
writing ........................................................... 102
2.2.2. Religious pamphlets, or God s word «upon
every age and sexe» ...................................... 106
2.2.3. Areopagitica, or the issue of women and the
soul ............................................................... 109
2.2.4. The four Tractates of Divorce, or Milton s contradictory
views on women ............................ 113
Conclusions ......................................................................... 121
Works Cited ........................................................................ 125
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