Saturday, April 03, 2010

Who himself beginning knew?

If time permits, when we get to Eve's account of her memory of her beginning, we might want to compare it with that of Adam. Adam's description of his first moments is found in Book VIII, beginning with line 253:

As new-waked from soundest sleep 
Soft on the flow'ry herb I found me laid...
Structurally, they come before and after the central accounts of the War in Heaven, and the Creation of the World. We'll want to look at some ways in which the two accounts, while superficially similar, may be seen to have interesting differences -- not unlike their descendants ever since.

(I'll develop this post in more detail later.)

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