[Milton-L] Is Paradise Lost

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 14 14:54:44 EDT 2009

Personally -- and that's all that matters -- I think Milton an artistic failure because he never wrote a novel.
Jane Austen is thus our greatest writer.
Jeffery Hodges

--- On Tue, 4/14/09, gilliaca at jmu.edu <gilliaca at jmu.edu> wrote:

From: gilliaca at jmu.edu <gilliaca at jmu.edu>
Subject: RE: [Milton-L] Is Paradise Lost
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 11:42 AM

. The older a reader gets, the
>   more open to greatness and brilliance his/her mind
>   becomes. 

Yes - and the more aware that there are a large variety of excellences.  What makes an excellent sonnet is not the same thing that makes an excellent detective novel. 

And different people have different assortments of receptors for excellence. For example, I've got no receptors as all for Proust. I"ve tried and tried and tried.I  am sure that those who value Proust for his excellences can list them easily. I just don't get him. My loss, I know, but it's perhaps like taste in music. There are people who have no receptors at all for bagpipes; I think they are missing something thrilling, but if the receptors aren't there, they aren't there.

And I think over time people can grow new receptors, and perhaps other receptors fade with time.  I really DON'T think I could read "Black Beauty" with the same pleasure now that it gave me when I craved horses.

Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU, ret.
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