[Milton-L] Milton & Poetry Genius

Jameela Lares jameela.lares at usm.edu
Wed Dec 18 11:26:47 EST 2013

It looks useful, Dave. Thanks!

Jameela Lares
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Subject: [Milton-L]  Milton & Poetry Genius

I took a break from term-end exams to write a little post on my somewhat-neglected Milton blog about using the website Poetry Genius to teach and annotate Milton. May you all have an opportunity to surround yourself in Milton's sense this season!


Dave Harper

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Subject: [Milton-L] it came upon the midnight clear and miltonic echo

Tis the season for Christmas carols, and  in the line of "with painful steps and slow" I can't help but here the echo "with wandring steps and slow" from PL.  A closer look at the last two stanzas show even more miltonic influences, particularly stanza 14 of the Nativity Ode where the power of holy song almost seems to have the power to "fetch the age of gold."

John Savoie

    And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
    Whose forms are bending low,
    Who toil along the climbing way
    With painful steps and slow,
    Look now! for glad and golden hours
    come swiftly on the wing.
    O rest beside the weary road,
    And hear the angels sing!

    For lo!, the days are hastening on,
    By prophet bards foretold,
    When with the ever-circling years
    Comes round the age of gold
    When peace shall over all the earth
    Its ancient splendors fling,
    And the whole world give back the song
    Which now the angels sing.
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