[Milton-L] Open Call and some Youtube vid's

Yuko Nii wahcenter at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 11 14:16:27 EST 2007

Dear Scholars;

This list has been a pleasure to follow. I particularly liked the  
recent discussion of the dimensions of Chaos and Eternal Night through  
which our "hero" fell in his attempt at glory.

We are celebrating Milton's birth at the Williamsburg Art & Historical  
Center this September/October 2008. I would like to have some lectures  
or discussions at the Center on various topics. Possibly one is "The  
scope of Chaos." What is "chaos?"  What does it mean to fall into  
chaos? Is chaos a conceptual confusion...is it a mental state that  
Satan endured when he turned away from Absolute Good...turned away  
from God? The "representations" of characters such as Sin & Death are  
symbols of metaphysical ideas. Are the ideal realms of God, Heaven and  
Hell,  and Satan (as an active opposite to God)  perfect ideas as in  
Plato's Theory of Forms that are reflected in our less than perfect  
thinking about them? If so, has Milton given less than perfect and  
very human qualities to both God and Satan as a moral lesson as well  
as a great story to which we can better relate as imperfect humans to  
those ideals? After all, perfect ideas or ideals are hard to grasp  
intellectually and thus hard to achieve spiritually.

I will probably come up with some other ideas, or you can suggest  
some. I would love to see some of you at our events. It should be  
rousing with artists, poets, composers and scholars. Maybe a bit of  
both Heaven and Pandemonium! Should be fun, once in a lifetime!

Some Youtube items:

Satan, Sin & Death in Paradise Lost:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKpw0-oHGwI

Satan's Idealism in Paradise Lost: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A768uagYbgo&feature=user

Satan Invents Humanism in Paradise Lost: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMDJAVkuGTw&feature=user

Invitation to Milton's Birthday Celebration (cerebration): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V146fb9nOOY&feature=user

Best Regards, With Admiration to Your List! Terrance Lindall
On Dec 11, 2007, at 8:39 AM, Carol Barton wrote:

> On Milton and neologism . . .
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> To: <linguaphile at wordsmith.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:03 AM
> Subject: A.Word.A.Day--friar's lantern
>> This week's theme: terms in the pattern an X's Y.
>> friar's lantern (FRY-uhrz LAN-tuhrn) noun
>>  A phosphorescent light seen over marshy ground at night, caused by
>>  spontaneous combustion of gases emitted by decomposing organic  
>> matter.
>>  A synonym is foxfire (not Firefox), especially for luminescence
>>  produced by fungi.
>> [The first use of the term is in John Milton's 1632 poem L'Allegro:
>> "She was pinched and pulled, she said; / And he, by Friar's lantern  
>> led."]
>> Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=friar's+lantern
>> -Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
>> "Question: What do you get when you cross a firefly with a tobacco  
>> plant.
>>  Answer: A cigarette that lights itself.
>>  The joke quickly made the rounds after a group of genetic  
>> engineers in
>>  California earlier this month announced that they had transferred  
>> into
>>  the cells of a tobacco plant the gene that causes a firefly to glow.
>>  The tobacco plant seems to rise out of the page like a will-o'-the- 
>> wisp
>>  or friar's lantern."
>>  Chet Raymo; A Tale of a Firefly and a Tobacco Leaf; The Boston  
>> Globe;
>>  Nov 24, 1986.
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