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John Milton, Poetry Genius

Milton rewards close reading. Readers have known this for centuries. For my money, Jonathan Richardson said it best in 1734: A reader of Milton must be Always upon Duty; he is Surrounded with Sense, it rises in every Line, every … Continue reading

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Find Him Eyeless in Gaza

Last night, October 14th, I had the pleasure of attending a dramatic reading of Samson Agonistes (directed by Michael Sexton) at the Red Bull Theater in Greenwich Village. Milton himself wrote that his  dramatic poem “never was intended” for the … 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 Former Husker Dü drummer Grant Hart’s new album The Argument, based on Paradise Lost and an unpublished William S. Burroughs’ science fiction story Lost Paradise, releases on 22 … Continue reading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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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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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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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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