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Milton in the Long Restoration$
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Blair Hoxby and Ann Baynes Coiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.001.0001

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‘I Still Deny’d, Much Pleas’d to Hear You Sue’

‘I Still Deny’d, Much Pleas’d to Hear You Sue’

Milton’s Eve, Ovid, and the Restoration Coquette

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Milton in the Long Restoration

Laura L. Knoppers

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Anglo-Irish poet John Hopkins’s Milton’s Paradise Lost Imitated in Rhyme (1699), a lively, comic, and virtually unknown adaptation of Books 4, 6, and 9 of Paradise Lost written in rhymed verse for a female readership. As he depicts a coy, feigning Eve and an Adam who craves the excitement of the chase, Hopkins draws upon the Ovidian arts of love as bawdily featured in Restoration comedies, particularly the works of William Congreve. Hopkins’s rewriting of Ovid within the context of Edenic marriage shows how Milton’s Eve both prefigures and resists the Restoration coquette as figured in such plays as Congreve’s The Old Batchelour, The Double Dealer, and Love for Love. Milton’s links with Restoration drama hence move well beyond John Dryden’s often-studied The State of Innocence.

Keywords:   Paradise Lost adaptations, John Hopkins, Milton’s Eve, Ovidianism, Restoration drama, William Congreve, John Dryden, coquette, coyness

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