1. Watch this lecture on Milton’s Paradise Lost and answer the following questions:
A. What was the source of Milton’s anxiety with regard to Shakespeare?
B. The speaker shows a slide of a frontispiece from a 1695 edition of Paradise Lost. The publisher was trying in two ways to depict Milton as a classical poet. What two things did the publisher do to affect this portrayal?
C. Milton was “Sunday reading” along with the King James Bible in 17th and 18th century England. But the speaker talks about a duality to Milton. Finish the quote from 19th century poet William Blake that suggests Milton’s darker side? “He was a true poet and of the ____.”
D. According to the speaker, who is the first “American voice” of rebellion and liberty?
E. In the dichotomy between Classicism and Puritanism, which one is human-centered and which is god-centered?
F. Look up “iconoclast.” What does it mean?
G. The textbook tells us that Milton studied at St. Paul’s School -- the speaker in the video tells us who the dean of the school was at the time. Who was it?
H. What is the religion of the professor in this video? If you need help, try Googling Bar Ilan University.
I. What does a clock sound like?
J. What is the tick and what is the tock, in the Christian tradition?
K. Look up “Midrash” -- what does the word mean?
L. What is chutzpah and why does the speaker say Milton has it?
2. Listen to this section from Book IV of Paradise Lost, where Satan is standing at the gates of paradise.
(Here’s a transcription, if you need it:http://www.literaturepage.com/read/paradise-lost-40.html)
How are we, as readers, meant to feel about Satan at this point? How do you feel in response to this passage? Do you think it was okay for Milton, a Puritan, to make readers respond to Satan like this?
3. Take a look at “On His Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three” on page 303. Milton writes about proud individualism subverted to the will of God. How does this poem reflect that? Use quotes to support your answer.
4. Here's a quick one -- let's see who can be the first one to get this. What was the full title of Milton's pamphlet on the subject of divorce?
5. Read Milton's poem, “On His Blindness,” on page 303. Conquer this poem with a succinct paraphrase. Go!
6. Another quickie for those who are paying attention this weekend: What was Areopagitica about?