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Young MiltonThe Emerging Author, 1620-1642$
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Edward Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698707.001.0001

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‘Oh my simplicity’: Revising Childhood in Milton's Ludlow Maske

‘Oh my simplicity’: Revising Childhood in Milton's Ludlow Maske

(p.223) 10Oh my simplicity’: Revising Childhood in Milton's Ludlow Maske
Young Milton

Blaine Greteman

Oxford University Press

This essay uses Milton's extensive manuscript and print revisions of A Maske to demonstrate that his poetry was radicalizing before it was radical. A Maske exists within a network of collaborative relationships at the same time that its author constructs an image of himself as a singular, inspired author—not autonomous because inspired by God, nor dependent on the assistance and approval of others. This is key to Milton's ethical proof, the struggle for a singular voice within a larger framework. In the revisions to A Maske we see that struggle play out.

Keywords:   Manuscript revisions, autonomy, conflict, ethical proofs, singularity, radicalism, collaboration, conventions

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