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Re: Geography
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1445  Monday, 11 June 2001

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Jun 2001 17:54:09 -0400
Subject: 12.1429 Re: Geography
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1429 Re: Geography

Perhaps England had gone some way towards its manifest destiny by the
time of the Restoration, but David Quint in Epic and Empire makes a good
deal out of the relationship between Paradise Lost and Phineas
Fletcher's Apollyonists in which the Restoration is favorably compared
to the anchoring of the island of Delos.  According to Quint, Milton
perverts the figure into the completing of Satan's causeway across the
sea of chaos binding mankind to sin and death.

Quint also cites the following:

England was then, what Delos was before,
The floating Island; stood, like that, all'ore
Surrounded with a sea of Blood, more red
Than that which all the Egyptians buried
. . . You first set on this happy shore
Did fix it so (by a Magnetick Power
Much stronger than its own) that now we stand
Firm as the rocks i' th'midst of waves and sand.   (William Uvedale)

Which he compares with this from Milton:

               The aggregated soil
Death with his mace petrific, cold and dry
As with a trident smote, and fixed as firm
As Delos floating once.    (10.293-95)

Clifford

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