Milton nature

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  • MILTON'S PARADISE LOST
    • (Prelapsarian) PLENTIFUL NATURE
      • Edenic Mount: draws from Dante & Spenser's Adonis
      • Inexhaustible richness - Ideal landscape rhetorical tropes
        • Fertility (Bks 4 and 7)
      • Heavenly model
      • FUNCTION OF GARDENING
        • Garden's inherent divine order and unity
          • Nuptial Bower: divine artistry + image of marital bliss
        • Futility: process over results
          • shape and purpose: Genesis 2:15 "dress" and "keep"
          • emblem of moral discipline, control and obedience
          • elm and vine: Virgilean metaphor PASTORAL MARRIAGE
            • once separated, Eve = 'the frailest unsupported flower'
    • WILDNESS
      • PRELAPSARIAN (ROMANTIC LUXURIANCE/UNFALLEN BLISS AND INNOCENCE)
        • Raphael 'wilderness of sweets' (Bk5)
          • Tayler: break from early Renaissance traditions of order/uniformity
        • Satan 'Access denied' (Bk4)
          • Hortus conclusus
            • Enclosed sacred garden - feminised virginal female body metaphor
              • compare whorish wide gates of Hell (Bk4)
      • POSTLAPSARIAN
        • William Bradford New England (moral disorder)
          • colonists as Israelite gardeners in Zion wilderness
          • Bk 9 Adam
            • wild woods forlorn
  • 17/18th century HORTICULTURE
    • 17th century first recreational public gardens
      • St James's Park
    • Fashionable rise of the Estate Architect
      • 17th century Henry Wotton and John Evelyn
        • Kelsall: Garden grown organically from English soil
      • English Country House/Estate = wealth and power
        • IDEALISED ENGLAND: Conservative fantasy of stability
          • Recreated Eden - Adam proprietor of 'Great Estate'
            • Kelsall: Garden grown organically from English soil
            • virtuously rules, dwells and gardens over his land/estate

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