Friday, July 10, 2009

Yale Lectures - John Milton

I'm about half way through a series of Open Yale Lectures which are available as audio and video on the internet. This is a study of Milton's poetry, with some attention to his literary sources, his contemporaries, his controversial prose, and his decisive influence on the course of English poetry.

The lectures are by Professor John Rogers, Professor of English at Yale University. He is the author of The Matter of Revolution: Science, Poetry, and Politics in the Age of Milton and is currently working on a book on Milton's relationship to antitrinitarian heresy, entitled Milton and the Heresy of Individualism. An interesting and lively lecturer with flashes of humour, insight and wonder.

This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in autumn 2007. There are twenty four fifty minute lectures in all.

If you want an audio version of Paradise Lost for your iPod there's one here from Cambridge University. Twelve books of roughly one thousand lines each. Enjoy!

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