ENGL 220 - Lecture 4 - Poetry and Virginity

Lecture 4 - Poetry and Virginity

Overview

Milton's first publication, A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, is examined. Milton's vision of a poet's heaven in Ad Patrem, paired with the letter to Charles Diodati, with its particular emphasis on the need for chastity in poets, is used as a springboard to a discussion of the depiction of sexual ideals in the masque. Revelation 14, 1 Corinthians, and the Apology for Smectymnuus are also discussed at length, as are the poet's biography and the history of the masque's title.

Resources

Assignment

John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose. (Hughes):
Comus (A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle) (1634-37), pp. 86-114
L'Allegro and Il Penseroso (1631), pp. 65-77
"On Shakespeare" (1630), pp. 60-62
An Apology for Smectymnuus (1642), pp. 690-95
Sonnet IX: "Lady that in the prime" (1643), p. 141
Prolusion VI, pp. 612-21

Bible: Revelation 14:1-5

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