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Dominion Undeserved: Milton and the Perils of Creation

Eric B. Song


This book offers a reading of John Milton's major writings, finding in them a fundamental impasse that explains their creative power. According to the book, a divided view of creation governs Milton's related systems of cosmology, theology, art, and history. For Milton, any coherent entity—a nation, a poem, or even the new world—must be carved out of and guarded against an original unruliness. Despite being sanctioned by God, however, this agonistic mode of creation proves ineffective because it continues to manifest internal rifts that it can never fully overcome. This dilemma is especially p ... More

Keywords: John Milton, creation, Paradise Lost, country house poetry, Anglo-Irish affairs, Samson Agonistes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451850
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric B. Song, author
ssistant Professor of English Literature, Swarthmore College