Two Poets: John Milton and Elizabeth Barrett Browning with Dr Mark Crees

Ref: C3533272

One of the best things about reading a really long, really old epic poem is the knowledge that only a very few readers will ever be bothered to do the same. To open Paradise Lost today can often feel like setting out upon unchartered, largely undisturbed territory: a new land for the imagination. Milton's greatest work is rarely glimpsed outside of university courses, and even then, it will be taught in snatches. The same goes for Elizabeth Barrett Browning's equally long novel in verse: Aurora Leigh. Both of these works, however, remind us what poetry can do, how it can help us to see our own worries and anxieties in a new light. Above all these poets were drawing from mighty ideas and from deep feelings. Milton and EBB possessed an almost limitless imaginative range. Their images, thoughts, and their music, will stay with you for decades. This course will serve as an introduction to both.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost, and Aurora Leigh, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand the value of reading and studying long philosophical poems.
  • observe something of Milton's, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's styles and techniques as writers.
  • explore something of the historical context in which these poets were writing.
  • improve skills of close reading.
  • recognise the form, and purpose, of the epic poem.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Two Poets: John Milton and Elizabeth Barrett Browning with Dr Mark Crees

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing