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Author Ainsworth, David, 1973- author

Title Milton, music and literary interpretation : reading through the Spirit / David Ainsworth
Published New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
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Series Routledge studies in Renaissance literature and culture ; 54
Routledge studies in Renaissance literature and culture ; 54
Summary Milton, Music and Literary Interpretation: Reading through the Spirit constructs a musical methodology for interpreting literary text drawn out of John Milton's poetry and prose. Analyzing the linkage between music and the Holy Spirit in Milton's work, it focuses on harmony and its relationship to Milton's theology and interpretative practices. Linking both the Spirit and poetic music to Milton's understanding of teleology, it argues that Milton uses musical metaphor to capture the inexpressible characteristics of the divine. The book then applies these musical tools of reading to examine the non-trinitarian union between Father, Son, and Spirit in Paradise Lost, argues that Adam and Eve's argument does not break their concord, and puts forward a reading of Samson Agonistes based upon pity and grace
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes David Ainsworth is Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama, and part of the faculty of the Hudson Strode Program for Renaissance Studies housed there. His first book, Milton and the Spiritual Reader: Reading and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England was published by Routledge in 2008, and he has published articles in journals including Milton Quarterly, Religion and Literature, and SEL
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Subject Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Knowledge -- Music
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Knowledge -- Religion
Holy Spirit in literature
Music in literature
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429057938