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

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 26 18:17:20 EST 2008

No problem, Andy, and you now know from my on-list "Off List" post that I also teach composition and give students much the same sort of advice that I gave to 'Milton'.
Jeffery Hodges

--- On Fri, 12/26/08, Andrew Strycharski <andy at strycharski.org> wrote:

From: Andrew Strycharski <andy at strycharski.org>
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night...
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Date: Friday, December 26, 2008, 4:33 PM

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
>  Jeffery Hodges
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