Lecture 4 - Poetry and Virginity << previous session | next session >>Overview:Milton's first publication, A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, is examined. Milton's vision of a poet's heavenin Ad Patrem, paired with the letter to Charles Diodati, with its particular emphasis on the need for chastity inpoets, is used as a springboard to a discussion of the depiction of sexual ideals in the masque. Revelation 14,1 Corinthians, and the Apology for Smectymnuus are also discussed at length, as are the poet's biography andthe history of the masque's title.Reading assignment:John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose.(Hughes):Comus(A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle) (1634-37), pp. 86-114L'Allegroand Il Penseroso
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