The Empty Garden

The Subject of Late Milton

"The Empty Garden examines the twin poems of Milton's 1671 volume . . . . It is a brave and ambitious book which sends the patient reader back to school. . . . Rushdy makes a strong case for Milton's defense of ethical individualism as a political position that mattered in the late 17th century in England and continues to matter in the culture wars of our time and place."
Seventeenth-Century News

The Empty Garden draws a portrait of Milton as a cultural and religious critic who, in his latest and greatest poems, wrote narratives that illustrate the proper relationships among the individual, the community, and God. Rushdy argues that the political theory implicit in these relationships arises from MiltonÆs own drive for self-knowledge, a kind of knowledge that gives the individual freedom to act in accordance with his or her own understanding of GodÆs will rather than the stateÆs. Rushdy redefines MiltonÆs creative spirit in a way that encompasses his poetic, political, and religious careers.

536 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

February, 1993

isbn : 9780822985440

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Ashraf H. Rushdy

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy is professor and chair of African American Studies and professor of English at Wesleyan University.

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