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John Schaeffer jschaeff at niu.edu
Thu Jan 29 15:32:02 EST 2004

Let me second Norman Burns's post.  John Colet, the founder of St. 
Paul's School, had 18 siblings. He was the only one who survived into 

John Schaeffer

Norman Burns wrote:

> Angelica--
>         I remember once being impressed by reading (I can't remember 
> where) that 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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