Category Archives: Paradise Lost

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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Close Reading from Far Away

“For solitude sometimes is best society, And short retirement urges sweet return.” (PL , IX.250-1)   I went to the Catskills to read in silence, to pore over a text I love and let it pour over me, to let … Continue reading

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All Fall: Grant Hart’s Paradise Lost

For those who know me, it probably isn’t a surprise that I’m writing about former Husker-Dü drummer and songwriter Grant Hart’s new album on my Milton blog. For those who think it odd, I would suggest considering that this album’s lineage … Continue reading

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Outward Show Elaborate: Dryden’s “State of Innocence”

For some time now, I’ve planned to post about some recently released Milton-related music. Former Husker Dü drummer Grant Hart’s new album The Argument, based on Paradise Lost and an unpublished William S. Burroughs’ science fiction story Lost Paradise, releases on 22 … Continue reading

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Paradise Lost and the Tour de France

Through an article in the Guardian, I found this exhibit of James Straffon’s posters commemorating the 100th Tour de France. To celebrate the 100th Tour de France, Straffon remixes images from the past 99 Tours using John Milton’s Paradise Lost as … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Milton and His Daughters

A couple of months ago I had the privilege of taking students in one of my electives to the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. We were there to see some Shakespeare materials, but I can never visit the … Continue reading

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Panopticon Eden

In Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, there are these amazing round sandbar/reefs. They look like huge lily pads when you spot them from H3, high above. When I lived in paradise on the bay, I used to kayak out to these reefs in the middle, … Continue reading

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Much Writing, Many Opinions: A Review of John Leonard’s Faithful Labourers

Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of Paradise Lost, 1667-1970, John Leonard. Oxford. 853 pp. 2 Volumes. May 2012. ISBN 978 0 19 968180 8   The challenge for any reception history of a great poem is to give due coverage … Continue reading

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“Thir Song Was Partial”: Milton and Partisan Political Discourse

Thir Song was partial, but the harmony (What could it less when Spirits immortal sing?) Suspended Hell, and took with ravishment The thronging audience. With the end of semester rush, my musings have been more occasional than I intended. Granted, … 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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