Donne, Shakespeare, and Milton: An Argument For Marriage Equality

  With Ireland recently voting in favour of marriage equality in a national referendum, 37 of 50 states having legalized same-sex marriage, and other countries like Canada having legalized same-sex marriage as far back as 2005, it seems inevitable that marriage equality will be recognized in every civilized country before 2020.  There remains, however, staunch […]

Ayn Rand’s Anthem: When Capitalist Don’t Understand Socialism

In the introduction to Ayn Rand’s Anthem, it is noted that the Macmillan publishing company turned down the manuscript claiming that the author did “not understand socialism”, and upon reading the novella it seems that Rand, whilst also borrowing heavily from other authors to create contradictory characters and claims concerning communism, does indeed fail to […]

John Milton’s Paradise Lost: God Made Me Do It!

  In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the story of humanity’s fall is described in an epic poem, but it is unclear who is at fault for the fall.  Though the obvious choice is Satan, and though Eve has frequently been blamed, Adam has also been held accountable for the fall in many feminist discourses.  Whilst there […]

Ecocriticism, Marxism, and John Miltin in Alexander Pope’s An Essay On Man

    Alexander Pope’s An Essay On Man is one of his most famous works, along with An Essay on Criticism and The Rape of the Lock, (all of which can be found in The Poems Of Alexander Pope, edited by John Butt).  There is good reason for the poems popularity: it is pretty awesome.  […]

Fav Five Pieces of Fan Fiction

  The internet has afforded many an amateur author (myself included) to publish their works online when traditional routes have proved inaccessible..  A number of these folks have opted to write Fan Fiction, and so there has been a proliferation of Fan Fiction on the interweb over the last 10 years.  Most of it is […]

Chauvinist Pig: Situating John Milton in a Feminist Discourse Through Comparative Study

Introductory note: The following post is a little long (15 single-spaced pages), so be sure have a little time before you start reading.  And if you are interested in the works of John Milton, I have another piece on ‘Areopagitica’ and how it’s arguments  are applied to works of dystopian fiction which can be found […]

John Milton’s Samson Agonistes: Framing ‘Terrorism’

Having just read John Milton’s Comus, I was curious and anxious to read his only other dramatic work: Samson Agonistes.  The work is interesting on many levels.  For one, it is very much a relevant political piece (as Feisal G. Mohamed and Norman Mailer have both noted in their dialogue on the ‘Muslim Samsons’, the […]

John Milton’s Comus: The Restoration’s Robin Thicke

Though Paradise Lost is Milton’s finest piece, his presentation of Eve, and by extension women, in this epic poem is less than flattering.  Still, some feminists have been able to interpret and present the text in a manner that promotes Eve as an empowering character.  In his masque Comus, though, Milton presents a far more […]

Achsah Guibbory’s Ceremony and Community From Hebert to Milton: A Review

Achsah Guibbory’s monograph Ceremony and Community From Hebert to Milton: Literature, Religion, and Cultural Conflict in Seventeenth-Century England is a work that discusses several poets, beginning with George Hebert and concluding with John Milton, and how these poets, of varying religious beliefs, navigated England during a tumultuous era that saw a civil war end with […]

Victory Gin and Miltonic: ‘Areopagitica’ and 20th Century Dystopian Literature

    ‘With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured…the first thought forbidden…the first freedom denied–chains us all irrevocably.’ Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom… and warning. The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.                               -Captain Picard     In the centuries […]