SV: [Milton-L] Reading Milton for pleasure

Marianne Børch boerch at
Thu Jan 31 03:32:45 EST 2008

Hail, everyone. 

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. 

Yours, Marianne Børch, DK.

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-----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
Fra: milton-l-bounces at [mailto:milton-l-bounces at] 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
Iona College
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801

-----Original Message-----
From: milton-l-bounces at on behalf of Paul Miller
Sent: Wed 1/30/2008 5:30 PM
To: John Milton Discussion List
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.

Paul Miller 

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