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Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid Maggie Kilgour Abstract This book contributes to our understanding of Ovid, Milton, and more generally the reception of classical traditions. This phenomenon is merely one aspect of Ovid's extensive use of illusion and disguise. In the upper left, Jupiter emerges from clouds to order Mercury to rescue Io.

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It argues that for Renaissance writers Ovid's revision of past authors, especially Virgil, gave them a model for their own transformation of classical works. The Introduction puts forth noteworthy observations on Ovid's revision of Virgil and how it may bear on the early modern reception of the two poets. It shows that Milton drew on all of Ovid's works as well as the long tradition of interpretation and reception that began with Ovid himself.

As is made clear from the outset, the book is a study of how the Ovidian presence and influence changes non-linearly, of course throughout Milton's work from his earlier to his final writings. More This book contributes to our understanding of Ovid, Milton, and more generally the reception of classical traditions. Many critics have been concerned with trying to establish how Milton read Ovid. It considers Milton's appropriation of Ovid in connection with influential kinds of earlier Ovidian reception chiefly by Spenser and Shakespeare.

The Latin-less reader is aided by translations in brackets after every Latin or neo-Latin quotation. Beyond his association with Eve in Paradise Lost Narcissus is considered in relation to poetic creativity and the Fall. Throughout his career Milton thinks through and with Ovid, whose stories and figures are central to his exploration of the limits and possibilities of creativity, change, and freedom. Greek prose is quoted in translation only, and Hesiod's original verse-lines are not provided in quoting in prose translation from Works and Days p.

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Metamorphosis or transformation is a unifying theme amongst the episodes of the Metamorphoses. The Preface lays out the book's scope and method, which are further outlined in the introduction. Bringing together new work on Milton, Ovid, and the reception of classical literature, this volume aims to show how the past both transforms and is transformed by the present. For Renaissance artists, Ovidian stories and figures provided the raw material out of which they created and reflected on their own art.

Throughout his career Milton thinks through and with Ovid, whose stories and figures inform his exploration of the limits and possibilities of creativity, change, and freedom. Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Tarrant's, published in by the Oxford Clarendon Press. The focus is on Milton's readings of Ovid also in response to Renaissance literary trends related to his work. It also offers valuable assessment of relevant scholarship on Ovid and Milton.

Kilgour also handles several kinds of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature as well as instances of Ovid's reception by continental poets like Dante and Petrarch. Examining this specific relation between two very individual and different authors, Kilgour also explores the forms and meaning of creative imitation.