[Milton-L] Re: porno vs. art?

gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Mon Nov 28 16:26:45 EST 2005

We might as well have some concrete instances to deal with.
>Below are three, Donne's Elegey XX,  Rochester's 
great "Imperfect
>Enjoyment," and an excerpt from a (self-identified) 
pornographic web
>site. I think each requires a slightly different 

It is interesting to me that both of the poems are in the 
currnt Norton Anthology, as is Marvell's 'To His Coy 
Mistress,' which was called pornographic by a radio host in 
North Carolina when I was in college in the 1960s. A TA at 
UNC had assigned the poem to his freshman comp class, and 
someone had called the radio guy, who demanded that the 
student be fired [he wasn't]. 

If the 3rd piece were from a 20th century English novel by a 
canonical author, would it find a place in Vol 2 of the 

Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU
JMU Safe Zones participant
"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

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