Monthly Archives: April 2013

Milton, Star Wars, and the Ever-Evolving Blog

This week, along with many of my readers, I’m in the end-of-semester grading crush. As I grade each essay in this unending stack, I try to keep in mind this passage from Areopagitica: Books [or student essays] are as meats and … Continue reading

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Milton On Shakespeare: All Those Monuments

What needs my Shakespeare for his honored bones, The labor of an age in piled stones, Or that his hallowed relics should be hid Under a star-ypointing pyramid?                                                        – Milton, “On Shakespeare” (1-4)*   In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday … Continue reading

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The Blackest Grain: Milton, Gunpowder, and the Right to Bear Arms

Today, after a Senate vote on gun control, the New York Review of Books revived interest in Gary Wills’ article comparing America’s obsession with guns to the worship of Moloch. Originally posted on December 15, 2012, “Our Moloch” invokes Milton’s Paradise … Continue reading

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I’d Rather You Didn’t

Colin Burrow begins his review of the Oxford Complete Works editions of De Doctrina Christiana (edited by John Hale) and The Shorter Poems (edited by Barbara Lewalski and Estelle Haan), by stating that the “one key question” remaining after the 2008 … Continue reading

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Ceci n’est pas une Manifesto

Sometimes the best conversations at an academic conference are those that spill over into the hallways and finish early the next morning at the lobby bar. Often, these impromptu groups become host to those rare chain reactions that produce the … Continue reading

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