[Milton-L] Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night...

Andrew Strycharski andy at strycharski.org
Fri Dec 26 17:33:45 EST 2008

I really didn't mean to spoil the fun of comparing PL to basic writing. 
It's just that one occasionally sees on academic lists people arguing 
that because _Paradise Lost_ or _King Lear_ wouldn't pass freshman comp, 
that's somehow evidence that the folks who devote their energies to 
investigating how to teach average writers to write clearly are ninnies.

Thanks, Jeffery.

Horace Jeffery Hodges wrote:
> Well, since I'm asked -- at least implicitly -- to be humorless, or at 
> least serious, then I would agree that Milton knows how to state his 
> thesis quite clearly and methodically, and I would also agree that 
> /Paradise Lost/ itself presents an argument. Some years back, I even 
> published an article exploring why Milton chooses to construct his 
> argument in poetic form . . . though I can't say that I was entirely 
> successful in demonstrating why he did.
> Jeffery Hodges

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