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Milton's Poetics Of Absence And Restoration

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Much of John Milton's theology and artistry are conventional and have been well documented. Though critics have commented briefly on "The Passion," a thorough study of Milton's writing on the crucifixion has yet to be undertaken. Many readers have noted the absence of the crucifixion in Milton's poetry. The author suggests that this is not a flaw in the poems or a necessary consequence of Puritan theology. The author points out the markers within the poems that point to absences, training the reader to sense that something is missing and to seek out its reappearance, perhaps in a changed form. According to the author, crucifixion is not totally absent from Milton's poetry but that it is marked by a condition of removal and restoration.

Keywords: absence; crucifixion; English poetry; John Milton; restoration

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