January 9, 2010
Margaret Thickstun writes
For people planning spring syllabi: YouTube has two excellent short
clips (under three minutes each) of Sir Ian Richardson reading the
Invocation to Book One and Satan’s first speech.
Go to YouTube. Type in “Ian Richardson Paradise Lost First Part” for
the Invocation; then try “Ian Richardson Paradise Lost Book 1,” which
will get you Satan’s first speech.
I have put these to links on my syllabus. It seems an excellent way to
help students adjust to the cadence of the language without having to go
through more complicated steps, like putting recordings on reserve, etc.
June 26, 2009
BBC2 has produced a series of episodes focusing on poetry. According to theBookseller.com, sales of John Milton’s Paradise Lost have increased threefold since the episode of Poetry Season aired. In that episode, Armando Iannucci analyzed the poem.
May 15, 2009
Reuters wrote in late April of competing film productions of Paradise Lost. One will be a small, independent film, while the other will be produced by Warner Brothers.
October 20, 2008
Open Yale Courses has just posted Milton with Professor John Rogers, a collection of 24 lectures plus midterm and final exams. The lectures are available as text transcripts, embedded audio, or embedded video (including a closed-captioned edition). Class handouts are available as PDF resources.
June 17, 2008
John Basinger has produced a DVD set of his performances of Paradise Lost. The four-disc set includes his performances of all twelve books of the poem, along with a documentary, “Thus Spake John,” a short film, “The Golden Smile,” and a monody, “Forsake me not thus, Adam.”
February 24, 2008
Paul Miller on Milton-L shares three video lectures by Professor Karen Karbiener on Milton’s Paradise Lost [via YouTube].