“A Quick Immortal Change”: Milton’s Metamorphosed Virtue in A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634

dc.contributor.advisor Phillips, Philip en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Strawman, Tom en_US
dc.contributor.author Hall, Arlo Henry en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Phillips, Philip en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Strawman, Tom en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-25T14:42:26Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-25T14:42:26Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06-26 en_US
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT en_US
dc.description.abstract Milton’s A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634 presents a young poet agonistically seeking balance between his classical poetic influences—particularly Ovid—and his Christian poetic purpose. The text presents Milton’s syncretism at a formative stage of development as he actively responds to the Medieval allegorical tradition of reading classical characters as Christian types. Endowing his pagan characters with grand classical and historical lineages, Milton engages in his own acts of poetic metamorphoses through his appropriations of antiquity. Disparate functions of Ovidian allusion suggest a psychic tension within the authorial persona and advance two Miltonic ideals: the virtuous poet and the poetry of virtue. In the “Lady” Alice, Milton constructs an Ovidian vates, or poet-priest, his virtuous poet who seeks a slutary relation to poetic influence and who, in her rhetoric, presents Milton’s metamorphosed virtue. In Sabrina, a Spenserian and Ovidian character, Milton baptismally initiates Alice into the world of syncretic Christian verse, the poetry of virtue. en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4559
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.umi Literature en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title “A Quick Immortal Change”: Milton’s Metamorphosed Virtue in A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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