E4 Context Resources

British Literature Module 4.5

British Literature- Excellence in Literature: English 4Study Guide: British Literature (Excellence in Literature, English 4)

Focus Text: Paradise Lost by John Milton

Paradise Lost by John Milton – Excellence in Literature
I recommend the Modern Library Press or Norton Critical Edition for this challenging work.

NOTE: This is an epic poem, created to be heard. I strongly recommend listening to it, or at least a portion of it.

Honors Text

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan OR

The Confessions by St. Augustine of Hippo (Ignatius Critical Editions)

Context Resources

These links represent only the online resources referenced in this module. Instructions, background information, offline resources, and assignments are all found in the Excellence in Literature study guide listed above.

Readings

The Tale of Paradise Lost: Based on the Poem by John Milton by Jude Daly and Nancy Willard

http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/darknessvisible/intro/introduction.html

http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/17century/topic_2/welcome.htm

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/milton/

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1094-348X

http://rhetoric.byu.edu/forest.htm

The Author’s Life

The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography by Barbara K. Lewalski.

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/milton/miltonbio.htm

http://www.biography.com/people/john-milton-9409395

Poetry

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/contents/index.shtml

https://excellence-in-literature.com/george-herbert-poetry

http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poets/herbert-george

Optional: Working it Out: Growing Spiritually with the Poetry of George Herbert by Joseph L. Womack

https://excellence-in-literature.com/on-mr-miltons-paradise-lost-by-andrew-marvell

https://excellence-in-literature.com/on-his-blindness-by-john-milton

http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/lycidas or

https://excellence-in-literature.com/lycidas-by-john-milton

https://excellence-in-literature.com/sonnet-vii-by-john-milton

Audio

Like most great epic poems, Paradise Lost is meant to be heard. You may get it on CD, or listen to a free audio version from Librivox.

Paradise Lost audiobook: http://amzn.to/2qdlICN (Recommended)

http://librivox.org/paradise-lost-by-john-milton/ (amateur recording)

http://oyc.yale.edu/english/engl-220

Music

http://darknessvisible.christs.cam.ac.uk/music.html

https://excellence-in-literature.com/let-the-bright-seraphim-by-handel-from-samson-opera

Video

http://www.paradiselostperformances.com

http://darknessvisible.christs.cam.ac.uk/performance.html

Visual Arts

http://www.paradiselost.org/4-stories-pictures.html

Historic Context

http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/C_Transp/C11_Protestantism.html

http://www.historyguide.org/earlymod/lecture3c.html

or https://excellence-in-literature.com/the-protestant-reformation-by-steven-kreis

http://darknessvisible.christs.cam.ac.uk/politics.html

http://darknessvisible.christs.cam.ac.uk/religion.html

Eyewitness Renaissance by Alison Cole

www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/497731/Renaissance

https://excellence-in-literature.com/history-of-the-renaissance-by-bamber-gascoigne

http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/17century/welcome.htm

http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/18century/welcome.htm

Places to Go

http://www.miltonscottage.org/

Optional Extra

Annotated online edition:


Index of British Literature context link pages

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British Literature Texts (recommended editions)

British Lit study guide, and links to focus and honors texts (opens in a new tab at the author’s Everyday Education site)

 

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