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I first have to say that my love for John Milton could not be greater! I just read his poem "When I Consider How My Light Is Spent", and I could not have been more pleased or moved by it. A fantastic piece in which Milton tries to reconsile his loss of sight with his faith in God's divine plan. His pain, loss, hurt, and (possible) accentance are strikingly articulated. A truly wonderful text. Loved it!
Oct 29, 2010 11:14PM
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Elisa
Elisa is on page 1349 of 1448
Just finished two chapters of Equiano's autobiography (for lack of a better term). This was an eye-opening piece for me today so I can only imagine how readers took it in the 18th century. I have definite plans to read the entire thing at one point. The writing itself was interesting, clear, and concise. I look forward to the history lesson to come.
Dec 11, 2010 06:28PM
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Elisa
Elisa is on page 1284 of 1448
Just finished Johnson's Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia. This work of 48 chapters is in the form of the moral fable. The message behind each "tale" concerning the pursuit of happiness was interesting and very deep. Every moral cliche known to man came out of Johnson, so I wasn't surprised to hear them all in this work. Although I'm a sucker for plot and character development, the writing made it very interesting.
Dec 01, 2010 09:54PM
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Elisa
Elisa is on page 1113 of 1448
Just read (most of) Swift's Gulliver's Travels. It was fantastic! The messages, worlds, people, ideals, etc, were very interesting and engaging. I think anyone would love this novel. It's brilliant yet simple. It's straightforward yet complex. All in all it was a winner. I like to the think I got Swift's message, but I guess I'll never know. I'll just have to take from this what I will.
Nov 26, 2010 10:03PM
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Elisa
Elisa is on page 971 of 1448
Just read Behn's Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave. It is considered the first example of the novel convention and it doesn't disappoint. Oroonoko is a Royal African prince and the hero of our story. The narrative recounts his life, his upbringing, the beautiful woman he falls for and then looses in a terrible series of events, and his own harsh demise. It is a wonderful story filled with vibrant characters and locals.
Nov 19, 2010 10:39PM
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Elisa
Elisa is on page 1155 of 1448
I just read Pope's Rape of the Lock. It's extremely amusing, as it's meant to be. Nonetheless, this epic in miniature, aka heroi-comical, is full of intense imagery and wonderful metaphors. Pope proves himself to be a great of his day -a true wit- despite his lack of formal education. I really enjoyed this tale of the theft of a lock of hair and the hysterics it causes.
Nov 07, 2010 12:11AM
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Elisa
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I was only required to read Books 1 and 2 of Paradise Lost by Milton, but I can assure that I'll be reading the remaining 10! It was FANTASTIC! Satan is the ultimate protagonist. He's charming, charismatic, forlorn, and so utterly beaten -but he's also so strong! And stoic and brave. You wish him to succeed, this brave leader of the fallen. Aside from the that, the imagery alone is breathtaking. I'm in love!
Nov 07, 2010 12:05AM
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Elisa
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Just read Aemilia Lanyer's "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women". Never having heard of Ms. Lanyer, I was a bit nervous about reading her poem, but I was pleasantly surprised. She is a fascinating woman who argues a fascinating point in this wonderful work. The feminist thought is deep and the message for men quite clear. I think even those who are not fans of poetry will enjoy the poem's message. Very enjoyable.
Oct 29, 2010 11:08PM
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Elisa
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Just finished Donne's Holy Sonnets. There is a great collection of a number of Donne's work in this anthology. There are samples from his early career all the way to his later life. The Holy Sonnets were very good; the langauge and images express so much emotion and thought it's hard to imagine how this man wasn't considered a legend in his own time. I really enjoyed his work.
Oct 26, 2010 11:23PM
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Elisa
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Just finished all of the Shakespearean sonnets this anthology has to offer. Some I loved, some I liked, some were alright, while two left me scratching my head. All are worth a read, especially since not one conforms to "normal" sonnets of the day. There is a reason he is called The Immortal Bard, and he proves it with this collection. A wonderful read.
Oct 24, 2010 01:38AM
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Elisa
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Just finished Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. A superb read I highly recommend! The latin was annoying -well embarassing to read, but overall it was an interesting, entertaining and evocative play. It's the archtype to all "sell your soul to the devil literature" which is a favourite topic of mine, so I thoroughly enjoyed.
Oct 24, 2010 01:36AM
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