"Lec 12 - The Blind Prophet" Milton (ENGL 220) This lecture focuses on the invocation to light at the beginning of Book Three of Paradise Lost. Milton's factual and figurative understanding of his blindness is traced through his letters, Sonnet XXII, and the later epic Samson Agonistes. Particular emphasis is placed on the transformation of blindness in the corpus from a spiritual punishment to a poetic gift. The implications of biographical interpretations of literature are also touched upon. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Milton's Blindness 04:47 - Chapter 2. How Milton and His Contemporaries Interpreted His Blindness 17:35 - Chapter 3. Light and the Creation Account: Comparing Milton and The Book of Genesis 39:09 - Chapter 4. Blindness Explored in Samson Agonistes Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2007.
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