[Milton-L] Paradise Lost and Frankenstein
jerrybandy at gmail.com
Thu Feb 14 00:35:03 EST 2013
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Before my students (high school seniors) read Frankenstein, I have them
read excerpts from Paradise Lost to help them understand the allusions
in the novel.
Referring to Milton's description of Mt. Etna early in Book I, a student
asked today if Milton might have seen an Etna eruption before he became
- From what little I was able to find on the subject, it appears that
Milton visited Italy in the late 1630s, and a large Etna eruption
occurred in 1669. Based on a link on Dartmouth's Milton Reading Room, it
appears also that Milton's description could be based on Virgil's
Aeneid, Book 3.570ff.
Does anyone on this list know the source of Milton's description?
Virgil's text or Milton's own eyes or something else entirely?
Thank you so much in advance for illuminating our class's darkness on
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