Category Archives: Milton’s Shorter Poems

Privacy, Liberty, and the Search for Truth in Milton (Introduction)

                                                         he unobserved Home to his mother’s house private returned                                                          –Paradise Regain’d IV.638-9   A Note About This Blog: When I set out a bit over a year ago to write blog posts about Milton once a month or … Continue reading

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Dear Dad, I Hate to Inform You, But…

Now if it has happened that I have been born a poet, why is it strange to you that we, so closely joined by the loving bond of blood, should pursue related arts and kindred ways of life? It is … Continue reading

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The Weekend in Miltonia: Jamaica Kincaid, Paradise Lost, Tyranny, Injustice, and Marathon Readings

You are not you, but—in your mind’s eye, something bigger than you is going on.                     – Jamaica Kincaid on invoking myths in everyday life.* Great (and surprising) Milton references keep rolling… last week, I wrote about how Vice President Biden referred … Continue reading

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They Also Serve: VP Biden Deploys Milton

Every so often, Milton crops up in ways that surprise even the most dedicated Miltonist. In remarks at a “Joining Forces” event on 30 April, Vice President Biden quoted Milton as he honored military families: But it’s not just about the returning … 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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