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Norman Burns nburns at binghamton.edu
Thu Jan 29 16:15:07 EST 2004

        I remember once being impressed by reading (I can't remember where)
the London merchant and Leveller intellectual William Walwyn was the father of
(I believe) 20 children and outlived them all.  Walwyn was a bit of a challenge
since he lived to be 80.  
        The case of Walwyn serves to remind me of how difficult it is for us to
imagine what it was like to live on when surrounded by the frequent deaths of
family members--from parents to the stillborn and children, and the mothers and
wives who so often died bearing them.  
        And Boyd Berry does well in his post to remind us of the intimacy of
those deaths in the family home.  I've never been satisfied that I have nearly
got my mind around this everyday circumstance of early modern domestic life.
--Norm Burns

At 01:36 PM 1/29/04 -0500, you wrote: 

> Hello, Carol Barton, 
> While I am using the same syllabus as in previous years for my English 444:
> Milton course, each experience of teaching Milton is so very distinct.  I
> assign weekly reading microthemes and reading responses: and so many of the
> students wrote about very complex issues surrounding death and Milton's early
> poems, including the Hobson poems.  In the last class, dedicated primarily to
> "On the Death of a Fair Infant," we discussed the absence of poems on the
> deaths of his son, mother, and others, then the function of poetry as social
> catharsis, personal catharsis, etc. bringing in Ben Jonson's poems on the
> deaths of his son and daughter. I will use Frye to begin our next class
> meeting.
> Adios, 
> Angelica Duran 
> Assistant Professor 
> English Department 
> Purdue University 
> 500 Oval Drive 
> West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2048 
> USA 
> (765) 496-3957, phone 
> (765) 494-3780, fax 
> <aduran at sla.purdue.edu> 

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