Paradise Lost: John Milton’s Epic Poem and its Controversies
Price for Members: $48
Price for Non-Members: $72
Date/Time: Thursdays,Thursdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jannie M. Dresser, M.F.A., English and creative writing, Mills College
“A true Poet of the Devil’s party without knowing it,” said William Blake of his predecessor John Milton. Milton, writing during the turmoil of the English Civil War while going blind, produced Paradise Lost, a masterpiece that drew on both classical mythologies and Biblical stories.
Ms. Dresser will explore in depth how Milton dealt with ideas about paradise and hell, angels and demons, and the lusty lives of Adam and Eve, among other gripping topics. Then there’s that basic question: did Milton achieve his goal of explaining “God’s ways to man” or did the Devil get the upper hand? Let OLLI and Ms. Dresser guide you through the tangles of history and great literature in search of an answe
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 12:30 p.m.