This course is applicable to the English major's Early Modern specialization.
How does a poet "justify the ways of God to man," and claim to know the
origins of the universe? How does a major political prose writer rise above
politics to consider questions of theology, cosmology, and philosophy in
verse? To answer these questions, we will study the poetry and prose of John
Milton, who wrote one of the greatest poems of the English language while
blind and jailed. By reading his major poems and prose works, we will also
discover why he continues to be important to us, as readers, writers, and
citizens of the modern world.