Fall for 2009-2010
By starting with the early literary productions in poetry and prose and concluding with /Samson Agonistes/, written in old age, when Milton, like his champion, was blind and disillusioned, we will give attention to the development of his literary powers. But we will spend most of our time on /Paradise Lost/. With all due reverence for Chaucer's /Canterbury Tales /and Shakespeare's /Hamlet/ and /King Lear/, Milton's epic is the greatest single work ever written in English. We will try to understand it mostly on our own but also with help from a few of the best contemporary essays.
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