Lecture 5 - Poetry and Marriage << previous session| next session >>Overview:This second lecture on Milton's masque probes its complex depictions of virginity and chastity. The versionof the masque performed in 1634 is compared with the published version of 1637, with particular emphasison a monologue on the vanquishing powers of virginity that is created for the latter. The poet's commonplacebook, specifically his notes on the self-mutilation of the medieval nuns of Coldingham, is linked to images ofthe body in the masque. Milton's gradual revision of his initial position favoring life-long virginity isdescribed in detail.Reading assignment:John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose.(Hughes):Re-read Comus, focusing on lines 778-805, 975-1010 (added in 1637 to published version)Recommended:Spenser,
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