The Poetry of John Milton: Poetry and Virginity (Lecture 4 of 24)

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Milton (ENGL 220) Milton's first publication, A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, is examined. Milton's vision of a poet's heaven in "Ad Patrem," paired with the letter to Charles Diodati, with its particular emphasis on the need for chastity in poets, is used as a springboard to a discussion of the depiction of sexual ideals in the masque. Revelation 14, 1 Corinthians, and the Apology for Smectymnuus are also discussed at length, as are the poet's biography and the history of the masque's title. 00:00 - Chapter 1. "Ad Patrem": A Poem to Milton's Father 08:33 - Chapter 2. "An Apology for Smectymnuus" 16:34 - Chapter 3. "Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle" Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Fall 2007.
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