A Critique of Paradise Lost

A Critique of Paradise Lost

A Critique of Paradise Lost

A Critique of Paradise Lost

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This book was prepared and written during a year spent as Hugh Le May Fellow at Rhodes University in South Africa. My warmest thanks are due to the Humanities Research Council of Canada for an award which first enabled me to undertake the work, to the electors to the Hugh Le May Fellowship, and to individuals at Rhodes who helped me along the way. I am especially grateful to Professor Guy Butler and Professor Kenneth White; to Professor David Burnett and Professor J. A. Gledhill; to Rhodes' librarians, Dr. F. G. van der Riet and Mr. R. A. Brown; and to Professor R. K. J. E. Antonissen, who checked my translations from Vondel.

The indebtedness of any writer on Paradise Lost must be vast and unspecifiable, but I should like to record a special debt to A. J. A. Waldock's Paradise Lost and Its Critics, a book which seems to me second only to the text itself for a true understanding of the critical problems posed by the poem. Re-reading it I have wondered whether the agreements between it and some of my own chapters might not have passed the point where such things cease to be comforting and become an embarrassment. But if a critical verdict is sound it will usually bear repeating from a different point of view; and this is particularly true in a climate of disagreement such as Miltonic studies at present provide.

J. D.P.

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