The Cruelties of Moral Law: Homosexuality and the Revision of Milton
By late 1810–early 1811, Milton existed as a 45-plate poem. Blake printed three copies, usually called A, B, and C, around this time; most likely he sold A first and B relatively soon thereafter. Copies B and C differ in limited but significant ways from A in their artwork—C more than B. In copy C, Blake made further extensive changes over the next several years, adding six text plates (one later removed), dropping the preface, and moving a key visual plate. Blake printed and sold copy D, incorporating all the new plates and changes in art, around 1818. Blake’s major changes to the poem, then, belong approximately to 1811–18, though he seems to have continued adjusting C even after this.1
KeywordsMoral Virtue Oxford Street Ritual Sacrifice Moral Heroism Homosexual Contact
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