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The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton, and Blake: A Comparative Study

Harold Fisch


In this book of the poetics of influence, the indebtedness of Shakespeare, Milton, and Blake to a common source, namely the Bible, becomes a powerful tool for displaying three fundamentally different poetic options as well as three different ways of dealing with a conflict central to western culture. In fresh and original discussions of Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, and King Lear, the author discerns what he terms the metagon: not the struggle between the characters on the stage, but a struggle for the control of the play between biblical and non-biblical modes of imagining. Mil ... More

Keywords: Bible, Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, metagon, biblical source, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold Fisch, author
Bar-Ilan University