English 165

Special Topics: John Milton's Last Poems

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2019 Picciotto, Joanna M
MW 5-6:30 106 Dwinelle


Four years after publishing the first edition of Paradise Lost, Milton came out with a volume called Paradise Regain’d...to which is added, Samson Agonistes. We will spend the semester carefully reading these poems—a “brief epic” and a drama “never intended for the stage”—considering their relationship to each other and to Milton’s career as a whole. Students will hand in several close-readings and a final paper (8-10 pages). Any decent edition of Milton is acceptable, but if you can get a used copy of the Riverside Milton that would be ideal. We will occasionally dip into short passages from Milton’s earlier works; these will be made available as PDFs on the course site. This course is intended for students who have already read Paradise Lost

This class satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

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