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

butlert at mail.wsu.edu butlert at mail.wsu.edu
Fri Dec 26 21:16:34 EST 2008


I'm assuming the writer was speaking of Milton's _Prolusions_, academic
exercises which to a greater or lesser extent are included in most larger
collections of Milton's poetry and prose (Hughes, Flannagan, et. al.)

Todd

> Hi,
> I was just making a joke.
>
> You said:
> Milton's own school exercises often have a clearly stated thesis. Of
> course, he made fun of the assignments while fulfilling them, as many
> precious youngsters do. That said, he was proud enough of several school
> compositions to have saved them
>
> Do you know where I can have access to these?
>
> Thanks for any help.
> Cristina
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>> Horace Jeffery Hodges wrote:
>>> Cristina wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> "In today's academies of consumer-based politics, Milton might have
>>> gotten stuck in basic or developmental writing until he learned to have
>>> a clear thesis statement."
>>>
>>> Good point, Cristina! Johnny can't write! I mean, look at this tangled
>>> mess:
>>>
>>
>> I hope it's not too humorless of me to ask, what about this:
>>
>> ". . .  I shall now attend with such a homily as shall lay before ye,
>> first, the inventors of it to be those whom ye will be loth to own;
>> next, what is to be thought in general of reading, whatever sort the
>> books be; and that this Order avails nothing to the suppressing of
>> scandalous, seditious, and libellous books, which were mainly intended
>> to be suppressed. Last, that it will be primarily to the discouragement
>> of all learning and the stop of truth, not only by disexercising and
>> blunting our abilities in what we know already, but by hindering and
>> cropping the discovery that might be yet further made both in religious
>> and civil wisdom."
>>
>> Milton's own school exercises often have a clearly stated thesis. Of
>> course, he made fun of the assignments while fulfilling them, as many
>> precious youngsters do. That said, he was proud enough of several school
>> compositions to have saved them.
>>
>> And might it not be among the oddities of Paradise Lost within the epic
>> tradition that it does state a more-or-less argumentative thesis?
>>
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Todd Butler
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