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Lyric Apocalypse: Milton, Marvell, and the Nature of Events

Ryan Netzley


John Milton’s and Andrew Marvell’s lyrics attempt to render the experience of apocalyptic change in the present. In this respect, they take seriously the Reformation’s insistence that eschatology is not merely a spiritual allegory, but an historical phenomenon. Yet these poets are also embroiled in the revolutionary events surrounding the Regicide and, as a result, their works explore very modern questions about the nature of events. Ultimately, Milton’s and Marvell’s lyrics depict events as the earnest affirmation of possibility, not as crises calling for measured solutions. In this respect, ... More

Keywords: apocalypse, event, revolution, revelation, lyric, possibility, present, Marvell, Andrew, Milton, John

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823263479
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263479.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Netzley, author
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

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