Paradise Lost by Merritt Yerkes                 Hughes                                   EnthrallingParadise Lost remains ...
bibliography, as well as the first known biography of Milton, written byEdward Phillips in 1694.Personal Review: Paradise ...
Frailty, thy name is woman! After two years of marriage - after just twoyears of witnessing those insufferable erections t...
dream, that his blindness was actually an answer to his own prayers ¬-because the poet had said, "Father, let me not suffe...
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  1. 1. Paradise Lost by Merritt Yerkes Hughes EnthrallingParadise Lost remains as challenging and relevant today as it was in theturbulent intellectual and political environment in which it was written. Thisedition aims to bring the poem as fully alive to a modern reader as it wouldhave been to Milton’s contemporaries. It provides a newly editedtext of the 1674 edition of the poemâ€the last of Miltonslifetimeâ€with carefully modernized spelling and punctuation. Marginalglosses define unfamiliar words, and extensive annotations at the foot ofthe page clarify Milton’s syntax and poetics, and explore the rangeof literary, biblical, and political allusions that point to his major concerns.David Kastan’s lively Introduction considers the centralinterpretative issues raised by the poem, demonstrating how thoroughly itengaged the most vitalâ€and contestedâ€issues of Milton’stime, and which reveal themselves as no less vital, and perhaps no lesscontested, today. The edition also includes an essay on the text, achronology of major events in Milton’s life, and a selected
  2. 2. bibliography, as well as the first known biography of Milton, written byEdward Phillips in 1694.Personal Review: Paradise Lost by Merritt Yerkes HughesFirst off, let me say that were not talking here about the famous Qi gonginstructor named John Milton. Were talking about the famous 17th-centuryEnglish poet who wrote _Paradise Lost_ and _Paradise Regained_, two ofthe most wonderfully overlong Christian poems in the history of Westernliterature.Your English teacher will tell you that _Paradise Lost_ "narrates the storyof Adam and Eves disobedience, explains how and why it happened, andplaces the story within the larger context of Satans rebellion and Jesusresurrection." And you know that cant be far wrong, because SparkNotessays the exact same thing.But the main reason everyone should read Miltons grand epic is that itcontains certain secrets about prayer.In PL, Milton reminds us how important it is, when we pray, to beabsolutely specific. The Lord has a strange, often disturbing, sense ofhumour (PL, books I-XII). If you leave Him wiggle room, He will answeryour prayer in a way you never intended, and then say it was your owndamned fault, because your prayer contained seven types of ambiguity.John Milton writes from experience. Example: Almost every time a good-looking woman passed within view of John Milton, he suffered aninvoluntary erection. Daniel of the Old Testament might well have sufferedsuch a condition without complaining, but John Milton found it onerous.John was both a Puritan and a student of Saint Augustine. He was nothappy when he suffered an erection, he hated it, and he especiallyresented the women who made that thing happen to him.In a Latin letter to his friend, George Wither, John Milton reports that, in hisyouth, he would sometimes see a pretty woman even in his dreams atnight, and suffer, not just an erection, but the whole nine yards, up to andincluding a nocturnal emission; which he trained himself to handleaccording to Scripture, thereby to purify himself (Deut. 23:10); butsometimes he was unable to wait that long before he handled it, whichfilled his soul full of Puritan remorse and self-reproach.At age 33, the poet took to wife a 16-year-old lolita named Mary Powell;and you may already have guessed the reason why, which is that shegave him an erection -- more accurately, she gave him "one damnederection after another," without remission. ( Giving John Milton an erectionwas not the girls conscious intent, but it just happened to him, every timethey met.) And since Christian marriage is Saint Pauls only approvedmethod whereby to deal with that kind of torment, John Milton (being anhonourable man) thought it best to marry the girl (1 Cor. 7:9).
  3. 3. Frailty, thy name is woman! After two years of marriage - after just twoyears of witnessing those insufferable erections that could not be beatendown, or at least, not for long - the poets young Puritan bride ran awayand skipped back home to live with her mother, Mrs. Anne Powell, wholikewise gave John an erection; which is why John Milton resented hismother-in-law as well as his estranged wife.Those were the hardest years of the poets life - nothing but a dailystruggle against involuntary erections, yet here he was, trapped in aloveless marriage to a barely pubescent teenager who lived with herentirely-too-attractive mother. Which is partly why John Milton wrote thosefour revolutionary Christian pamphlets, correcting Moses and Jesushardline policy on divorce (Mark 10:11-12).In his Latin correspondence, some of which is preserved in the BodleianLibrary, John Milton reports that he was fine when alone in his study, orwhen hobnobbing with Parliamentarians, or even when having a hastypudding, or a figgy one, over at the Inns of Court; but let just one good-looker cross his path, showing good ankle between the hem of her dressand the top of her shoe, and it was boing! - instant erection, just like aspring-loaded mechanical device; causing John to exclaim bitterly, "Oh,God, please, not again! Save me from this penal fire!"It even happened to him once when Oliver Cromwells wife, ElizabethBourchier Cromwell, bent over to pick up a handkerchief that had fallen tothe floor. On that occasion there was a lamentable accident ("an hardmishap" [verbatim quote]) with Johns ordinarily modest codpiece - anincident so humiliating that John never even wrote a poem about it,although he did apologise, profusely, to Oliver Cromwell, and to Mrs.Cromwell, who saw the whole thing, and then fainted. (John at the timewas employed as Cromwells Latin secretary.)By the way: It was modesty, not arrogance, that moved John Milton, afterthat embarrassing incident, to wear a baggy codpiece, with plenty of wiggleroom.Which brings me back to the beginning, when I was explaining why youshould give the Lord no wiggle room when you pray: John Milton took hisproblem to the Lord in prayer, stating in his journal, "Father, I pray Thee,let me not suffer a stiffe joynt when I see a beautifull woman."And heres how the Lord answered that prayer, in 1651: He struck JohnMilton blind.At first, John thought that his blindness was a punishment for his own ba dbehaviour - which is how that whole thing got going, in Anglo-AmericanChristianity, about how, if you are a boy who does what John Milton usedto do, it could make you go blind. But God revealed to John, by means of a
  4. 4. dream, that his blindness was actually an answer to his own prayers ¬-because the poet had said, "Father, let me not suffer a stiff joint when I seea beautiful woman."John Milton then said, "Lord, that is not what I meant, at all" - but it was toolate to change the outcome, because the prayer was already answered.The erections that John Milton suffered in the years 1651-1674, and therewere many, even after the Lord answered his prayer, were not from seeinga beautiful woman, it was actually because John had a condition thatmodern physicians call PSAS ("Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome"). Sothe chronic "stiffe joynt" problem was not really the womens fault, and itnever was; but John Milton never knew that. Even when he wrote ParadiseLost (by dictation, from 1652-1667), John was still under the impressionthat women, seen or unseen, were to blame for his condition; which is whyhe makes all of those snide remarks in blank verse about your mother,Eve, in Books IV-V and IX-X of Paradise Lost. Because whenever hepictured Eve in his minds eye, it was boing! - the same old problem. Andthere would come no more blank verse to his head for the next twentyminutes or so, until things settled down. John Milton hated that.But it all turned out for the best: if God had not answered John Miltonsprayer in that unusual way, by blinding him, Paradise Lost might neverhave been completed, and sold to the publisher, Sam Simmons, in 1667,for £5 - which was a tidy sum for a religious poem during the decadentRestoration era.It was while writing the early books of Paradise Lost that John wasintroduced to Katherine, a ship captains daughter, a fat woman whom hehad never seen (because he was blind); whom he nonetheless married in1656, but not for the same old reason as before: John asked fat Kate tomarry him (a.) because he needed secretarial assistance with ParadiseLost, and (b.) because Katherine did not have the same pernicious effecton him as Mary Powell and her mother Anne had done. John could dictateblank verse to Kate all night long without feeling so much as a tingle downthere.Kates surname was Woodcock. Beelzebub made a little joke about that:he said, "The Lord finally gave John Milton just what he always wanted."- L. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Paradise Lost by Merritt Yerkes Hughes 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!

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