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This class is a study of Milton’s poetry, with attention paid to his literary sources, his contemporaries, his controversial prose, and his decisive influence on the course of English poetry. Throughout the course, Professor Rogers explores the advantages and limitations of a diverse range of interpretive techniques and theoretical concerns in Milton scholarship and criticism. Lectures include close readings of lyric and epic poetry, prose, and letters; biographical inquiries; examinations of historical and political contexts; and engagement with critical debates.


This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

These Free Lectures are licensed under a Creative Commons License by Yale University.

Course Curriculum

Course Materials
Lecture Notes Details 00:05:00
Session 1
Lecture 1 Introduction: Milton, Power, and the Power of Milton Details 00:44:00
Lecture 2: The Infant Cry of God Details 00:48:00
Lecture 3: Credible Employment Details 00:50:00
Lecture 4: Poetry and Virginity Details 00:51:00
Lecture 5: Poetry and Marriage Details 00:47:00
Session 2
Lecture 6: Lycidas Details 00:52:00
Lecture 7: Lycidas (cont.) Details 00:53:00
Lecture 8: Areopagitica Details 00:47:00
Lecture 9: Paradise Lost, Book I Details 00:51:00
Lecture 10: God and Mammon: The Wealth of Literary Memory Details 00:51:00
Lecture 11: The Miltonic Simile Details 00:46:00
Lecture 12: The Blind Prophet Details 00:47:00
Exam 1
Midterm Exam Details 01:30:00
Session 3
Lecture 13: Paradise Lost, Book III Details 00:49:00
Lecture 14: Paradise Lost, Book IV Details 00:52:00
Lecture 15: Paradise Lost, Books V-VI Details 00:53:00
Lecture 16: Paradise Lost, Books VII-VIII Details 00:46:00
Lecture 17: Paradise Lost, Book IX Details 00:47:00
Session 4
Lecture 18: Paradise Lost, Books IX-X Details 00:52:00
Lecture 19: Paradise Lost, Books XI-XII Details 00:51:00
Lecture 20: Paradise Lost, Books XI-XII (cont.) Details 00:46:00
Lecture 21: Paradise Regained, Books I-II Details 00:50:00
Lecture 22: Paradise Regained, Books III-IV Details 00:38:00
Lecture 23: Samson Agonistes Details 00:44:00
Lecture 24: Samson Agonistes (cont.) Details 00:44:00
Exam 2
Final Exam Details 03:00:00

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