Elements of Literature Sixth Course
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from Paradise Lost by John Milton
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Smelling the Roses, Thinking of Hell
While Milton was dreaming up fiery furnaces and eternal torments for Paradise Lost , there was a paradise on earth just outside his front door. Get the sulfur fumes out of your head with a visit to Chalfont St. Giles, John Milton’s country cottage. As you stroll past the flower beds, you may wonder how someone surrounded by this much beauty could spend his days pondering the politics of Hell.
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How Does It End?
If you can’t wait to see what happens after Satan picks himself up and decides to make the most of Hell, hotfoot it over to Dartmouth University. There you’ll find the Milton Reading Room, where you can unleash more visions from the pages of Paradise Lost. Give Milton’s verse the attention it requires and you’ll get a ringside seat as good and evil duke it out to decide the fate of the world.
Literature and Society, page 444
Censoring the Word
About the time John Milton was fighting censorship in England, books were hitting the bonfires in the New England colonies. Let the University of Kansas introduce you to books that have survived burning, banning, and worse throughout American history. As you inspect this catalog of invincible books, see if you recognize any that are on your library shelves today.
Crossing the Curriculum: History
The Survival of an Epic
It was strange, difficult, and politically dangerous —so how did Paradise Lost come to be known as the greatest poem in the English language? Get the inside story on the poem’s troubled past at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Listen in on Milton’s dealings with his publisher, and find out how some strategic edits and a shrewd marketing campaign helped an unpopular poem become a timeless classic.
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