Class Notes 03/18/14 Paradise Lost Books 5-6
Why did God create the Tree of Knowledge? Is this the only aspect of The Garden that
makes freedom/obedience exist?
Isnt God a totalitarian leader in the sense that if you do not CHOOSE to follow me, the
An Epitaph on the Admirable Dramatic Poet W. Shakespeare
The name of the poem changed as Milton first published it, and then again in his
collection of poems. Perhaps Milton began to believe that he had the potential to
02/25/14 Paradise Lost Book 1 - Class Notes:
Satan is an absolute badass. He has achieved the ultimate anti-canonization. He is the
antithesis of The Immortal/The Almighty. We can also thank Satan as a hero because, if
the fall and anguish did not exist,
02/24/14 Background of Paradise Lost
To wage by force or guile eternal Warr (line 121 see Dartmouth site)
The mind is its own place, and in it self Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell
of Heav'n. [ 255 ]
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell: B
01/28/14 Class Notes Divinity in Human Flesh
What is Miltons problem with the divine in human flesh?
All of creation/Nature(personified as her) is ashamed of the creator/maker coming to
see what she has become.
Nature = Earthly (Women) vs. Maker = Heavenl
Class Notes 04/15/14: On the Tenure of Kings and Magistrate (1649-1660)
Milton gains position as Latin Secretary under the Interregnum government
Becomes a spokesperson for the non-monarchical cause (His sign off: John Milton,
01/23/14 Class Notes Miltons Use of Petrarchan Sonnets
Milton is a religious, political interested youth who is also an aspiring, inspired writer.
These aspects consummate his body of work.
Why was Milton writing Petrarchan sonnets in the late 1620s and 3
Class Notes 04/22/14: Paradise Regained Books 1-3
Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules Passions, desires, and fears, is
more a king (2 .466-67)
Miltons Jesus creates the sense that internal reign and a kingdom of
personal feelings cam make s
Nightingale = Bird of Song ; Nightgales Song = success in love
Cuckoo = Bird of Hate ; Cuckoos sound = hatred and bad/no love
FACT: Only the male Nightingale can sing, perhaps this is a metaphor for Milton not
being able to have