Taster: The Bridge to Paradise Lost – An introduction to Milton’s epic poem

Ref: C3533279

To set out on Paradise Lost, Milton's epic poem, is to finally realise why we once went to all that bother of learning to read. On one level, the poem works as a beautiful piece of storytelling, as Milton retells the plight of Adam and Eve and their exile from the Garden of Eden. At a deeper level, he has concocted a philosophical masterpiece, a deep and long look at what it means to be human, with all our faults, hopes, desires, beliefs and fears. It is equally hard to imagine to more visual piece of writing. Milton's heaven and hell can, at times, seem so real, so vast and deep, that to read this poem is to experience inklings of vertigo. This is not a poem to read quickly and this taster will try to make Milton's style accessible to anyone who enjoys their books. This session also serves as an enticement to a forthcoming course on the work of Milton and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the very long poems into which they put all their heart and soul.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to Milton's epic poem: Paradise Lost.

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 a long philosophical poem.
  • observe something of Milton's style and technique as a writer.
  • explore something of the historical context in which Milton was writing.
  • improve skills of close reading.
  • recognise the poetic form of Paradise Lost

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?

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Taster: The Bridge to Paradise Lost – An introduction to Milton’s epic poem

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