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Title:Milton, Marvell and 'The Struggle'
Author:Gardner, Colin
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political stability
Politics and Government
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
History and Exploration
Abstract:The author discusses the question of whether a poet should give up writing poetry in times of political crisis. He looks at England in the mid-seventeenth century from the standpoint of contemporary South Africa, and describes the poetic career of J. Milton who, at a time of dramatic social upheaval, gave up writing poetry for about eighteen years, and of A. Marvell, who became a friend and colleague of Milton's and shared his political and religious commitment, yet wrote his best poems during the period of Milton's poetic silence. Concerning South Africa, the author proposes that it might be valuable to consider the possibility that - though creative writers must make their own decisions and cannot be prescribed to - a peculiarly fruitful array of poetic materials, of urgent human and social themes and experiences, may be found to lurk within the very texture of the current sociopolitical situation. Bibliogr., note.