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Waning of a Dream: A Brief History of Moscovia and Paradise Lost

Waning of a Dream: A Brief History of Moscovia and Paradise Lost

Chapter:
(p.227) Chapter 11 Waning of a Dream: A Brief History of Moscovia and Paradise Lost
Source:
Trade and Romance
Author(s):
Michael Murrin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071602.003.0012

In this chapter discusses two quite different texts: Milton’s Moscovia, which is hardly ever read, and Paradise Lost. The two nevertheless make a dyad, the one involving a dream of Farther Asia and the second the poet’s rejection of Asia as a place for European colonies. Yet Asia at the same time gave the older Milton the similes that helped him keep the sense of the exotic that marked Moscovia and allowed him to create the vast world of space and time that marks Paradise Lost.

Keywords:   dating, exotic, Mangazeya, Petlin, Topkapi, blur, similes

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