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Inversion in Milton’s Poetry

Masahiko Agari

This book sets out to provide a comprehensive description of inversions of word order in Milton’s English poetry, together with statistics and commentary on this rhetorical technique. The author concludes that the most frequent type of inversion is that of Object-Subject-Verb, which he ascribes to the poet’s native instinct and/or his familiarity with Latin syntax. Furthermore he notes that this type is an ideal tool for smoothing over the continuation of a discourse.
Contents: Milton's inverted word orders – History of English Language – Critics on Miltonic inversion – Poetic technique – Rhetoric and inversion – Statistics.