Lecture 12 - The Blind Prophet << previous session| next session >>Overview:This lecture focuses on the invocation to light at the beginning of Book Three of Paradise Lost. Milton'sfactual and figurative understanding of his blindness is traced through his letters, Sonnet XXII, and the laterepic Samson Agonistes. Particular emphasis is placed on the transformation of blindness in the corpus from aspiritual punishment to a poetic gift. The implications of biographical interpretations of literature are alsotouched upon.Reading assignment:John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose.(Hughes):Paradise Lost, Book III (esp. lines 1-55)Re-read Sonnet XIX: "When I consider" (1652), p. 168Psalm vi (Milton's trans. of 1653), p. 165The Second Defense of the English People(1654), pp. 817-28Sonnet XXII: "To Mr Cyriack Skinner upon his Blindness" (1655), p. 170Sonnet XXIII: "Methought I saw" (1658), p. 170
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course ENGL 220 taught by Professor Rogers during the Fall '08 term at Yale.