Tuesday, April 28, 2009

So....about that class I am taking and what it may mean

I called a local University in town.

If I...

...do well in the class,
can hand in the paper I will DV write as a writing sample,
get two good references....

then I can apply for a Masters in English Lit to start this Fall.

Then I will see if they want me and if there is still room in the program.

I am going to go for it and see how it goes.

I am in Book 5 (of 12) of Paradise Lost now. I am taking copious notes. I will have to read the whole poem (400 pages) again, perhaps two more times.

The professor emailed me the syllabus today for the class.

I read two poems by John Donne; I love John Donne!

I also found two used books on the history of English Lit - one is from the 1930s and I find it not only informative, but funny - of course I do have a slightly warped sense of humour...

Did you know that "all hell broke loose" is from Milton's Paradise Lost?

This is the lines I read tonight:

"To love or not; in this we stand or fall;" (Book 5, line, also cited as: 5.540).

There are a lot of interesting correlations between Milton, a Protestant, and what I understand of a more Orthodox view of hell as a rejection of God and His love...

7 comments:

RW said...

I like that quote you posted.

Pres. Kathy said...

I hope everything works out.

Pres. Kathy said...

You have been tagged!

Mimi said...

Whohooooo! that's awesome!
I did not know that quote came from there.

E Helena E said...

I continue to feel excited for you!

elizabeth said...

thanks RW - I really love this quote as well - and am thinking that this line and the lines preceding it are one of the keys to the whole poem...

Pres Kathy - thanks so much! I hope so too! thanks for tagging me! was fun to do!

Mimi - thanks! yeah... Milton has various phrases that we still use today... he is quite influential!

E-H - thanks - you know we really do need to go for tea sometime!

::Sylvia:: said...

Beautiful quote! I'll be writing this one in my book!