[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.
-Andy

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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