Love. Sex. Angels. Demons. Heaven. Hell. Lust. Damnation. Salvation. These are just a few of the fun topics covered in this class that seeks to make accessible and enjoyable the most important epic poem in the English language. We will begin with some biographical and contextual background on John Milton and epic poetry, and then move on into the poem, exploring all of the above and many other topics. No prior experience with epic poems or Milton necessary—the point of this course is to lead even the beginning reader to an appreciation for one of the highest achievements in the English language. We will read the whole poem and by the time we are through, you will have a better than basic understanding of why it is one of the unmissable works of human art.
Course Number: LIT-40080 Credit: 2 units