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Indira Ghose

silly joy at silly things; and they call it being merry. In my mind there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill bred, as audible laughter. True wit, or sense, never yet made anybody laugh; they are above it: they please the mind and give a cheerfulness to the countenance. But it is low buffoonery, or silly accidents, that always excite laughter … a plain proof, in my mind

in Shakespeare and laughter
Waiting for the apocalypse in Milton’s Poems 1645
Matthew C. Augustine

greater Sun. Though we hardly associate Milton with middle ways or half measures, this chapter nonetheless charts a path between more extreme nodes of ‘revision’, one that would reformulate Milton as ‘antiformalist, unrevolutionary, and illiberal’, and another that would rewrite his radicalism in essentially secular terms – a strenuously Baconian Milton, an ‘atheist’ Milton. 106 The poet’s godliness and his commitment to some form of virtue politics that might be called ‘republican’ cannot be altogether erased – and why should

in Aesthetics of contingency
Making and unmaking a Whig Marvell
Matthew C. Augustine

–92. 75 Hill, ‘Milton and Marvell’, p. 1. 76 S. Jablonski, ‘Ham’s vicious race: slavery and John Milton’, SEL , 37:1 (1997), p. 174. For a polemically sceptical account of Milton’s attitude toward democratic political sovereignty, see W. Walker, Antiformalist, Unrevolutionary, Illiberal Milton: Political Prose, 1644–1660 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), Ch. 3. 77 PL , 9.706–8, ‘…your Eyes that seem so cleere, / Yet are but dim, shall perfetly be then / Op’nd and cleerd…’. 78 For the ‘liminal’ Marvell, see J

in Aesthetics of contingency