[Milton-L] Not everybody likes Milton

gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Wed Jan 27 08:28:39 EST 2010

. I mean.
>   Perhaps Milton shouldn't be taught in school . . .

When I first read Jane Austen - "Pride and Predjudice" - in high school, she was a very tedious and boring writer. However, when I read one of her novels in college, I found she had improved a lot. The older I get, the better she writes. 

Milton did not learn to write well until I had one short summer to prepare to teach our undergrad course because a colleague left. The more I taught Milton, the better HE got, too. 

Amazing, the afterlives of the poets and novelists!
Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU, ret.
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"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

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