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Milton's Ladies

Milton's Ladies <p>Abstract:</p><p>This essay argues that Milton&apos;s youthful interest in virginity is a rejection of procreative heterosexuality. A large number of Milton&apos;s early works figure virginity not as an immature life stage or a prelude to marriage but rather as a lifelong state that can confer poetic and prophetic powers on earth and a privileged place in heaven. Moreover, although much of the limited scholarship that has examined Milton&apos;s ideas about virginity has focused on men, this essay demonstrates that Milton&apos;s most charismatic and remarkable virgins are all women: the Lady of <i>A Mask</i>, Melancholy in <i>Il Penseroso</i>, and the unnamed lady of "Sonnet 9." Taken together, these three works ask us to reevaluate many longstanding assumptions about Milton&apos;s attitude toward women, gender, and sexuality.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Philology University of North Carolina Press

Milton&apos;s Ladies

Studies in Philology , Volume 118 (4) – Oct 5, 2021

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University of North Carolina Press
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1543-0383

Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>This essay argues that Milton&apos;s youthful interest in virginity is a rejection of procreative heterosexuality. A large number of Milton&apos;s early works figure virginity not as an immature life stage or a prelude to marriage but rather as a lifelong state that can confer poetic and prophetic powers on earth and a privileged place in heaven. Moreover, although much of the limited scholarship that has examined Milton&apos;s ideas about virginity has focused on men, this essay demonstrates that Milton&apos;s most charismatic and remarkable virgins are all women: the Lady of <i>A Mask</i>, Melancholy in <i>Il Penseroso</i>, and the unnamed lady of "Sonnet 9." Taken together, these three works ask us to reevaluate many longstanding assumptions about Milton&apos;s attitude toward women, gender, and sexuality.</p>

Journal

Studies in PhilologyUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 5, 2021

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