Expectation and Prematurity in Milton's "Nativity Ode"

  title={Expectation and Prematurity in Milton's "Nativity Ode"},
  author={D. Quint},
  journal={Modern Philology},
  pages={195 - 219}
  • D. Quint
  • Published 1999
  • History
  • Modern Philology
The inaugural poem of Milton's career, On the Morning of Christ's Nativity, tells the story of great expectations that fail to be realized in the way that they are initially projected. Much is anticipated from the fresh start to history, both sacred and literary, promised by the poem. Overturning its classical models-and I shall propose that a Euripidean subtext governs the poem's shape-the Nativity Ode expects from the newborn Christ a reign of truth that will replace and banish earlier pagan… Expand
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