[Milton-L] I had to share this

John Leonard jleonard at uwo.ca
Mon May 1 14:52:17 EDT 2006


I had to share thisThis is indeed a gem, but is it really a "blooper" (as some respondents have suggested)?  To my ears it sounds like a deliberate witticism, and I find myself laughing with (not at) the student who wrote it.  

John Leonard
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Margaret Thickstun 
  To: milton-l at richmond.edu 
  Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2006 6:00 PM
  Subject: [Milton-L] I had to share this


  From a student paper:


  Milton states, "it is my opinion that the power of eloquence is most manifest when it deals with subjects which rouse no particular enthusiasm" (Prolusion 7).  He believes one is truly seen as eloquent when they can keep the attention of the audience on a subject that is not necessarily interesting.  Milton's theory works as a  valid explanation for why he chose to write Paradise Lost.


  Have a great end-of-semester everyone! 
-- 
Margaret Thickstun
  Elizabeth J. McCormack Professor of English
  Hamilton College
  198 College Hill Rd
  Clinton, NY 13323
  (315)859-4466


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