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1999. "All in All." Unity, Diversity and the Miltonic Perspective edited by Charles W. Durham and Kristin A. Pruitt
1971. Chinese Lyricism. Shih Poetry from the Second to the Twelfth Century by Burton Watson

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"All in All": Unity, Diversity, and the Miltonic Perspective edited by Charles W. Durham and Kristin A. Pruitt, published in 1999 in the United States by Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, in hardback, 268pp, ISBN 1575910160. Condition: brand new, unread copy with a faint crease to the top of the dustjacket on the front incurred during unpacking. Price: £19.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • "All in All." Unity, Diversity and the Miltonic Perspective [top]
    Edited by Charles W. Durham and Kristin A. Pruitt
    First published in 1999 in the United States by Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press in hardback, 268pp, ISBN 1575910160. LC 98-28760
    Jacket illustration: Christ Offers to Redeem Man by William Blake
    1. Milton, John, 1608-1674-Criticism and Interpretation. 2. Christian poetry, English-History and criticism. 3. Epic poetry, English-History and Criticism. 4. Whole and parts (Philosophy) in literature. 5. Milton, John, 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. 6. All (Philosophy) in literature. I. Durham, Charles W. II. Pruitt, Kristin A., 1945-
    PR3588.A79 1999. 98-28760
    821'.4---dc21. CIP

About this book: The 16 essays in this collection reflect the individuality and diversity of varied ideas and approaches to Milton scholarship. Andrew Marvell, in his dedicatory poem, "on Paradise Lost," wonders how Milton will avoid ruining "The sacred Truths," how he will find his way "Through that wide Field" comprised of such diverse elements as "Messiah Crown'd, God's Reconcil'd Decree,/Rebelling Angels, the Forbidden Tree, /Heav'n, Hell, Earth, Chaos, All." Yet, in the course of Marvell's poem, his "surmise[s" are rendered "causeless": Milton's "slender Book," with its tapestry so "vast" and so varied, nonetheless is controlled by a unity, a "Design," and the "Mighty Poet" Milton is hailed for his gift of "Prophecy." The issue of diversity and unity that Marvell reacts to in evaluating Paradise Lost is one apropos to the Miltonic canon generally and one that has continued to engage critics of a poet who, like Shakespeare, transcends his age. Thus Diane Kelsey McColley, in the opening essay in this collection, considers the claim that Milton may well be the poet for the upcoming millennium through examining the prediction in Paradise Lost that apocalyptically, "God shall be All in All," especially its significance for seventeenth- and twenty-first-century concepts of individualism, freedom, conscience, and environmental responsibility. She, like Marvell centuries earlier, sees the magnitude of Milton's accomplishment in indelibly inscribing his poetic creation with individuality and diversity whilst anticipating the ultimate oneness of the "All in All." Readers will no doubt discern points of contiguity among the essays in this volume. For example, several essays investigate sources - literary, pictorial, architectural - and Milton's use of those sources in his poetry. Others look at Milton from the perspective of his age and 17th Century contemporaries like Michael Drayton and Aemelia Lanyer. Others look at him through the 20th Century methodologies of transformational grammar, deconstruction and chaos theory to reread Milton's works and assess their prophetic potential. Overall, the essays demonstrate the continued scholarly commitment to a search for truths in and about Milton's works, a process that began in the 17th Century and promises to continue far in the future

Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction
-"All in All": The Individuality of Creatures in Paradise Lost by Diane Kelsey McColley
-"All in All" and "All in One": Obedience and Disobedience in Paradise Lost by Albert C. Labriola
-"All in All": The Threat of Bliss by Diana Trevino Benet
-"Argument Not Less But More Heroic": Eve as the Hero of Paradise Lost by John C. Ulreich
-Milton's Eve as Closed Corpus, Open Book, and Apocryphal Text by Elizabeth Mazzola
-"Eves Apologie": Agrippa, Lanyer, and Milton by Kari Boyd McBride and John C. Ulreich
-Differance and the Deus Absconditus: The Satanic Predicament in Paradise Lost by Claude N. Stulting Jr.
-Romancing the Pope: Tasso's Narrative Theory and Milton's Demonization of a Genre by Lawrence F. Rhu
-Building Pandemonium: Vitruvian Architecture in Paradise Lost by Richard J. DuRocher
-Milton and Blake: Visualizing the Expulsion by Cheryl H. Fresch
- Hymns and Anti-Hymns to Light in Paradise Lost by Stella P. Revard
-Egyptian Gold: Milton's Use of Virgil in Paradise Lost, Books 11 and 12 by David J. Bradshaw
-"Scarce-well-lighted flame": Milton's "Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester" and the Representation of Maternal Mortality in the Seventeenth-Century Epitaph by Louis Schwartz
-From Temperance to Abstinence: The Argument of Comus Revisited by J. Martin Evans
-The Geometry of Choice: Chaos Theory and Areopagitica by Mary F. Norton
-Discerning the Spirit in Samson Agonistes: The Dalila Episode by Alan Rudrum
List of Contributors; Index

 

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Watson, Burton. 'Chinese Lyricism. Shih Poetry from the Second to the Twelfth Century', published in 1971 in paperback, 232pp, ISBN 0231034652. Condition: very good, ex-university college library copy with all the usual library markings like issue slip and barcode. Price: £8.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1971, Columbia University Press, pbk
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About this book/synopsis: In the thousand years covered by this volume, the shih reached its highest level of development. A lyric form which, using a predominantly four-character line, had earlier been employed in the Confucian Book of Odes, it rose to prominence once more in the period under discussion. The new shih, which differed from the original form only in its use of a five- or seven-character line, became the best known and most characteristic of Chinese poetic forms. Some 200 poems, illustrating the most important formal, stylistic, and thematic developments in the growth of shih poetry, are presented here in new translations by Burton Watson. The accompanying background material - critical, historical or biographical - is given in notes to particular poems or in brief essays relating to a group of poems

Contents:
Foreword by William Theordore de Bary
1. Introduction
2. The "Nineteen Old Poems" of the Han
3. Chien-an and the New Realism
4. Yueh-Fu: Folk and Pseudo-Folk Songs
5. The Poetry of Reclusion: Friendship
6. The Poetry of Love: Late Six Dynasties Poetry
7. Innovations of the T'Ang: Nature Imagery in T'ang Poetry
8. The High T'Ang
-Li Po
-Tu Fu
9. Later Trends in T'Ang Poetry
-Buddhist Quietism: Wang Wei and Han-shan
-The Twilight Age: Li Ho and Li Shang-yin
10. Poetry of the Sung Dynasty
Bibliography
Index

 



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