The first half of the talk will explore Latin poems by Andrew Marvell (1621-78) alongside that poet's better-known English oeuvre. In particular Hortus will be read alongside The Garden, with the argument being pressed that the two poems gain from being read as a cross-referential pair. The talk will then move across to John Milton (1608-74): not, however, to the earlier Milton of the 1645 'Poems both English and Latin', an actual bilingual collection published in a double volume, but to the Milton of the English but famously Latinate Paradise Lost (1667). Various case studies will seek to provoke general thoughts about post-antique poetic engagement with classical Latin, and about the cross-currents of Latin and vernacular within early modern epic practice (touching on French as well as English).
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In and Out of Latin: Diptych and Virtual Diptych in Marvell, Milton, and Others. Sponsored by CMEMS, Graduate Research Cluster in Classics, Medieval and Early Modern Studies of the Simpson Humanities Center
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:30pm
Communications Building (CMU) 226