English | Milton
L318 | 2020 | Anderson

1:25p-2:15p MWF (30) 3 cr

Close study of Milton's major poems--PARADISE LOST, PARADISE REGAINED, and
SAMSON AGONISTES.  Emphasis will be on the special relation of meaning to
method in Milton's poetry, with corresponding attention to the historical
context of his ideas about religion, gender, and politics.  As time
allows, we'll also read and discuss a number of Milton's earlier
poems--his sonnets, "Lycidas," or COMUS, for example--and some of his
prose writings, such as AREOPAGITICA, his tract defending the freedom to
publish, since these texts cast a great deal of light on his major poetic
achievements.  There will be two papers (one 3-4 pages, the other 5-6
pages), an hour exam, and a final.  The text we'll be using is THE
RIVERSIDE MILTON, ed. Roy Flanagan.