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GREEK W EEK 19yg59 JIAZZ CONCE"RT
Muir Outlines, Refutes
By FAITH WEINSTEIN
This attack, first made by Sa
"Reaction against Milton, which uel Johnson, seems to ignoret
reached its climax in 1933 is al- fact that, no matter how fore]
ready declining," Prof. Kenneth the idiom may be, and no mat
Muir of the University of Liver- how oratorical the style, Milt
pool, said yesterday. always conveys unerringly his is
In his lecture on "Milton and of how the verse should be re
the 20th Century Reader," Prof. Prof. Muir said.
Muir outlined and refuted the ma- "If we willingly surrender cf
jor criticisms of this poet in our selves to the ritual, abandon9
century. all attempt to transform Milt
A good deal of Miltonic criti- into a dramatic poet, we find tl
cism, Prof. Muir pointed out, sense and rhythm are perfec
:temns from the need of poets suchmarehede.
as T1. S. Eliot to fight against themarehede.
"assumption that Milton's grand Another specific charge wh'
styl wa thbes~modl fr petsProf. Muir cited is Milton's si
sf toylew.te" et oe o ot posed bad influence on 18th c(
Due to Acceptance tury poets. "But Milton him,
Prof. Muir suggested that Eliot's can hardly be blamed. that mil
latr r-prasngof is riicimpoets. imitated his manneris
latr r-prasngof is riicimand borrowed his grand style
saying that Milton could now be inappropriate subjects," he sa
read with profit, was due to criti-
cal acceptance of, Eliot's own Satan 'Too Strong'
verse. Another widely m a int a in
Once the modern poets have criticism of Milton, Prof. Mv
achieved recognition for their continued, is that 'he wrote1
verse in their own styles, which much strength into the charac
stem largely from Donne Uncd of Satan in Paradise Lost. But
Marvel, they are more willing to order to make Satan a worthye
accept Milton, he added. tagonist to God, he had to g
The most serious charge made him some power, Prof. Mv
against Milton, according to Prof. pointed out.
Muir, is that his poetry is latin- The seventeenth century reE
ized, pedantic, and rhetorical, er, Prof. Muir added, did not n(
written, more for sound than protection against sympathy
sense. Satan, as we do in our mod(
Iagnostic world. "He believed
I ~Satan and both by convictiona
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