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"that tore Hell's concave."
"this huge convex of fire."
4. On Constructions.
Comment on or explain
"Never since created man."
"Peace is despaired."
"Of Javan's issue held gods." (i. 508.)
What doubt we to incense his utmost ire?" (ii. 94.)
For happy though ill, for ill not worst."
5. On Metre.
Point out anything noteworthy in the rhythm of the following lines:
i. 195; i. 159; i. 28; i. 82; i. 329; i. 38; ii. 207; ii.
6. On the Action, Scene, and Characters of the poem. The questions under 3 deal also with this subject in a somewhat different way.
a. What sort of names does Milton give the fallen
b. In what two-fold fashion do Sin and Death appear
c. What is the meaning of the names Satan and
d. What place have Chaos, Night, Orcus, Ades, Demo-
e. State briefly the action of the poem.
in it is held by Books i. and ii.
7. On Milton's Poetic Manner.
a. Give some examples of characteristic Miltonic phrases.
b. Give some examples of conventional epic diction. c. What are epic similes?
d. How does Milton use geographical names?
e. Quote and comment upon some particular description as i. 589 foll.
8. On Milton's Life and Work in general.
a. What different periods are to be noted in Milton's life and what distinguishes them?
b. Why did Milton write his prose pamphlets?
c. What is the main idea running through his great poems ?
d. What was Milton's relation to the Commonwealth? e. What is the relation of Milton's prose to his poetry?
Such questions as these may fairly be asked to test a student's knowledge of a poem. Some of them will offer an opportunity for him to show his appreciation of it; but an examination is not a good means of testing poetic appreciation, nor was it devised for that purpose.
MILTON'S CHIEF WORKS.
1608. [Milton born.]
1624. [Milton at Cambridge, 1624-32. Some English and most of his Latin poetry written during this period.]
1629. Ode on Christ's Nativity (written). 1631. Epitaph on Marchioness of Winchester. L'Allegro and Il Penseroso (written?).
1631. G. Herbert, The 1631. Drayton, Donne Temple. died; Dryden born.
MILTON'S CHIEF WORKS.
1632. Epitaph on Shak-
1634. Comus (acted).
1637. Comus published.
1641. Five theological pamphlets.
1643. Doctrine and Dis-
1649. Political pamphlets; Eikonoklastes.
1651. Pro populo Anglicano defensio contra Salmasium.
1650. Baxter. Saints'
1653. Walton, Complete
1654. Defensio Secunda. 1654. Hobbes, Of Liber
1637. Ben Jonson died.
1639. Sir H. Wotton,
Carew (?) died. 1640. Burton, Massinger, Ford died; Wycherley born.
1642. Newton, Mrs.
1645. W. Browne died.
1647. Rochester born. 1648. Lord Herbert of
Cherbury died. 1649. Drummond died; Charles I. executed.
1650. P. Fletcher, Montrose, Crashaw (?)
1651. Otway born.
1654. Habington (?) died.