SV: [Milton-L] Reading Milton for pleasure
boerch at litcul.sdu.dk
Thu Jan 31 03:32:45 EST 2008
I have been a silent reader joined up for a while, so this the first time I pipe in. Which I do to tell you that I know several students who read Milton for pleasure - and that occasionally reading Milton inspires students to write epic fantasy for themselves. The result is usually something like World of Warcraft on blank verse, but the urge and the effort it takes are impressive and attest to the strength of Milton's impact.
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Fra: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] På vegne af Stackhouse, Amy
Sendt: 30. januar 2008 23:51
Til: John Milton Discussion List
Emne: RE: [Milton-L] Reading Milton for pleasure
I, for one, am absolutely delighted that people are reading Milton for pleasure. It is what I would like all of my students to do. My fondest hope is that students will keep the books from my classes and go on to read them again and again for the rest of their lives because doing so gives them pleasure.
Amy D. Stackhouse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu on behalf of Paul Miller
Sent: Wed 1/30/2008 5:30 PM
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Subject: [Milton-L] Reading Milton for pleasure
Sometimes I imagine the denizens of academia as regarding Milton as within
their province alone and I can see them chewing away at his splendid
language for years so that no flavor exudes from the words and later gumming
the words in their dotage living in fear that someone somewhere is enjoying
Milton. I think it was Woolf who said that reading Milton was about the only
reading for pleasure that she ever got to do anymore. I know just what she
meant. I read Milton for pleasure. I guess you could call me a hedonistic
Miltonian and yes I know saying that is "hail horrors" to the puritanical
Miltonist out there if you exist outside my imagination of course.
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