Sep. 14, 2005
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Dr. Laura L. Runge
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And By Appt
British Literature 1616-1780
Sep 21: Post #4 Due - Group B
Reading Assignment for 9/19-9/28
NAEL volume B, Paradise Lost pp. 1830-2055
Also read the headnotes to each book for a statement of the "argument."
There is an excellent website you can use to supplement your readings in the Norton, called
Paradise Lost from New Arts Library.
Book One: (The Invocation; Satan and Hell)
Book Two: (The Council in Hell)
Book Four: (Satan enters Paradise; Adam and Eve)
Book Five: (Eve's Dream>
Book Nine: (The Fall)
Book Ten: (The Beginning of the Redemption)
Book Twelve: (The Fate of Adam and Eve)
Post #4 Due - Group B
- To discuss the Council in Hell
- To discuss Satan's entry into Paradise
Notes and Discussion Questions:
As you read the poetry, always aim for comprehension first.
Milton's diction and epic similes can sometimes lead the
mind away from the narrative he is developing. You need
to pay careful attention to what Milton is doing in every line.
To get an overall sense of the poem and its contents, read through the arguments
for all twelve books and/or view the summaries and questions and answers on the Paradise
Lost Study Guide.
The council of hell in Book Two gives us a view of the
main devils in Satan's troops. How do their individual
speeches characterize the devils? Which of the responses
is most compelling to you? Why?
Note in Book Four Satan's initial despair: "Which way I fly
is Hell; myself am Hell" (4.75). Examine the implications
of this statement.
Adam and Eve are introduced in the lines beginning at 289.
How does Satan see them?
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