Recently Published: Edwards’ “Early Modern Bestiary,” M-O

The May 2008 issue of Milton Quarterly (42:2) is devoted to the latest instalment of Karen Edwards’ Milton’s Reformed Animals: An Early Mdern BestiaryDenizens of this issue, covering the letters M-O, include the Mouse, the Mongrel, the Nightingale, and the shadowy Ounce.  (Seen gamboling before Adam and Eve in Eden, the ounce was sometimes identified with lynxes, sometimes with panthers — for Milton, Edwards suggests, the term was “an intensifier of felineness rather than … an individuated animal.”)

There is no image of the Ounce, but beasts including the Mole, Morse [walrus], Ostrich, Night-Raven, and Owl feature among the excellent illustrations.

Karen Edwards is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Exeter.

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