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ENAM 0260 Milton

John Milton (1608-1674) remains one of the most supremely significant poets in the English literary canon, as well as an involved observer of the turbulent political and social upheavals of the seventeenth century. This course  studies the poetic modes and genres which established his reputation: lyric, masque, tragedy and epic, and seeks to put this achievement in literary and historical context.

Sample Topics:

  • Lycidas
  • Samson Agonistes
  • Nativity Ode
  • Il Penseroso
  • L’Allegro
  • Comus
  • Areopagitica
  • Sonnets
  • Paradise Lost
  • Paradise Regained


 Introductory Reading:

  • Beer, A., Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer, and Patriot. London: Bloomsbury, 2008
  • Corns, T.M., ed., A Companion to Milton. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2003
  • Flannagan, R.C., John Milton: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2002
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