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By Ernest on 01-21-14
Good overview of Milton and Paradise Lost
Would you listen to The Life and Writings of John Milton again? Why?
Yes after listening or reading more of Milton's works.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life and Writings of John Milton?
His review of Paradise Lost
Any additional comments?
If you never had a college course on Milton or Paradise Lost then this course will help you understand both. As the title suggests this course is not limited to Paradise Lost. I now have interest in reading other works by Milton. I do wish the course was longer so it could cover more details of Milton's works.
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By Jean on 08-14-14
A great overview of John Milton
When I was in school I primarily took courses in science. Now that I am retired I thought I might look into areas I neglected in my life such as poetry. I chose this Great Course on The Life and Writings of John Milton as a way to obtain a lot of concise information so I would have a good understanding of Milton. Professor Seth Lerer is a professor at Comparative Literature at Stanford.
John Milton (1608-1674) is considered one of the great writers in the history of English literature. This lecture series exams Milton’s life and his poems. Lerer goes a bit into 17th century English life and culture to show its impact on Milton’s writings. Milton wrote in a time of religious flux and political upheaval. Lerer points out that Milton wrote in English, Latin, Greek and Italian. Milton achieved international renown within his lifetime and is famous for his poem “Areopagitica” (1644). Lerer points out that it was written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship. It is considered one of the most impassioned defense of free speech and freedom of the Press. Lerer covered in-depth the epic poem “Paradise Lost” (1667)
In listening to Lerer discuss and read parts of Milton’s poems, I thought the ideal person to read Milton’s poems would be Richard Burton. This is an ideal introduction to John Milton in an easy to listen to lecture format.
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