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BOOKS I. AND II. ENTIRE, AND PORTIONS OF
BOOKS III., IV., VI., VII., AND X.
WITH INTRODUCTION, SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDY,
ALBERT PERRY WALKER, M.A.
D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS
This book is an outgrowth of the conviction in the mind of the editor that the aims and the methods generally pursued in the study of literature in secondary schools may be modified to advantage, and that the method of approaching an author of such marked individuality as Milton exhibits, should depart from ordinary methods of study in a manner determined by his especial characteristics.
Of course, certain features are common to all literature. In the production of every great poem, for example, two elements unite, a profound conception, and the emotion which that conception excites in the mind of its author, impelling him to poetic utterance. If this be true, the aim of the student of any pem should be to grasp the conception presented in all its completeness, and to attune his spirit with that of the author, that a kindred emotion may be awakened within his own breast. But between every poet of the past and his readers of to-day, there naturally arise barriers to complete community of thought and feeling, due to the different points of view from which they contemplate the same facts; for every man's outlook upon life is modified by the mental habit of his time, his expression by the linguistic pecu