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Course :  Milton (with John Rogers)

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  • Date posted : Jan 01, 1970

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Milton (ENGL 220) This second lecture on Paradise Lost looks at hell and its inhabitants, as depicted in Books I and II. Milton's struggle both to match and outdo his literary predecessors is examined by way of allusions to the works of Homer and Edmund Spenser, particularly the cave of Mammon episode in Book Two of The Faerie Queene. The presence of classical mythological figures, such as Medusa and Mulciber, in the Christian hell of Paradise Lost is pondered, along with early distinctions in the poem, frequently blurred, between good and evil, beautiful and ugly, and heaven and hell. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Was Memory the Source of Milton's Poetic Inspiration? 04:03 - Chapter 2. Milton Defends the Divine Authority behind his Poem 08:02 - Chapter 3. "Paradise Lost": A Literary Fantasy of Forgetfulness 16:22 - Chapter 4. The Cave of Mammon and the Theme of Temptation 24:36 - Chapter 5. Analyzing "Paradise Lost" Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

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