Milton

Poet of Exile, Second Edition

Louis L. Martz

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September 10, 1986
356 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300037364
Paper

This full and definitive treatment of the whole body of Milton's poetry, written by one of the country's most eminent Milton scholars, was originally published under the title Poet of Exile: A Study of Milton's Poetry. With a new title and an introduction developing the theme of exile, it is now issued in paperback for the first time.
“The most important single study of Milton that has appeared in years…. For a long time to come, it will be the book from which Milton’s oeuvre is reviewed and from which Milton criticism seeks renewal.” –Joseph Wittreich, Modern Language Quarterly
“Martz’s pleasure in reading Milton is evident and he conveys that pleasure in his pages…. All of us will want to ponder and can expect to profit from a commentary on the text carried on with the educated understanding, tact, skill, and perceptiveness that are everywhere present in this book.” –B. Rajan, Modern Philology
“A work that is both rich and rewarding…. The background that Martz brings to his subject illuminates Milton’s poetry in fresh and exciting ways.” –Michael Lieb, Cithara
“The strength of Martz’s criticism arises from his style as well as his learning and good sense.  Observations are made in a manner which both clears the mind and arouses the imagination.  Commonplace facts, acknowledged but ignored, suddenly take on fresh significance, while the results of scholarly research are introduced with easy grace and relevance.  No one writing of Milton today has a sharper eye for the illuminating detail.” –Hugh Maccallum, University of Toronto Quarterly
“Martz’s sensitive, percipient comments on the interplay of styles in Milton’s poems provide some overarching unity to these diverse essays.” –Barbara Kiefer Lewalski, Journal of English and Germanic Philology
“The best major study of Milton’s whole poetic career in almost half a century.” –Arnold Stein

“The best major study of Milton’s whole poetic career in almost half a century.”—Arnold Stein

"One of the finest overviews of Milton’s poetic canon."—David Loewenstein, Seventeenth-Century News

"The most important single study of Milton that has appeared in years."—Joseph Wittreich, Modern Language Quarterly

"[Martz’s] definitive reading of Milton’s complete work. . . . A fine companion for the student and common reader."—Washington Post Book World

"Martz brings a sharp eye and immense experience to his readings, and most students of Milton . . . should profit by them."—The Kirkus Review

"This study is rewarding."—Choice

"The total result is informed, readable, and generally convincing." —Don E. Ray, Ariel

"A work that is both rich and rewarding."—Michael Lieb, Cithara

"Provides a solid general introduction to the poet's work, with some specially sharp insights into its patterning."—Robert M. Adams, The New York Review of Books

"Distinctly one of the better book son Milton. Martz's pleasure in reading Milton is evident and he conveys that pleasure in his pages. The focus is the text and not the context unless the oeuvre is taken as a context. All of us will want to ponder and can expect to profit from a commentary on the text carried on with the educated understanding, tact, skill, and perceptiveness that are everywhere present in this book."—B. Rajan, Modern Philology

"Martz's sensitive, percipient comments on the interplay of styles in Milton's poems provide some overarching unity to these diverse essays, as does his continuous, illuminating attention to the classical sources and analogues of those styles."—Barbara Kiefer Lewalski, Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"Martz's reading of the great poem is full of gracious touches an arresting insights secured from discriminating attention to language and text. Framing this middle portion are opening chapters on the pastoral theme in Milton's early poetry, an illuminating later section on the poet's adaptation of Ovidian devices of rhetoric, narration, and form, and two final chapters on Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. Arguably. Martz's best book to date."—Anthony C. Yu, Religious Studies Review
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