Tag Archives: John Milton

A Peculiar Dedication: C.S. Lewis’ Dedication of A Preface to Paradise Lost to Charles Williams (with a Note on Lewis Prefaces)

At A Pilgrim in Narnia we have an occasional feature called “Throwback Thursday.” This is where I find a blog post from the past–raiding either my own blog-hoard or someone else’s–and throw it back out into the digital world. This … Continue reading

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Did I Assign the Right Lines from Paradise Lost? A Rebuke from C.S. Lewis and a Christian Literature Reading List

For the first time, I am teaching Paradise Lost–beyond the normal references that come up in English literature, C.S. Lewis courses, and talks about religious history. I am using it to begin an undergraduate course on Christian Literature (after reading Donne‘s … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” by John Milton

On this morning that transforms all mornings, I thought I would share from one of the masters. My copy of John Milton’s Paradise Lost includes a number of other poems. One of these is “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” There … Continue reading

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Lewis, Wagner, and Frankenstein: Literary Accident or Reader’s Providence?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I call “Pilgrim’s Providence.” This is when we as travelers embrace the challenges and opportunities that come along our pathway as a kind of opportunity provided for us. It is a perspective … Continue reading

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Harold Bloom’s Canon: The Essential List

On Monday I introduced Harold Bloom‘s 1994 bestseller, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages. I decided to create a “canonical list” in today’s blog for those who are inclined to try to soak in this great radition. Taking … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis and the Music of the Spheres

On Monday I blogged “On Leprechauns,” referencing C.S. Lewis’ “The Discarded Image,” where he embarks on a rather scientific look at faeries. “The Discarded Image” is part of a larger series of Oxford lectures that capture the medieval worldview to … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” by John Milton

I am reading through John Milton’s Paradise Lost and stumbled upon his poem, “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” There are two parts, a 4 stanza “proem” followed by a 27 stanza hymn. They hymn is quite lovely, beginning: I … Continue reading

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Virgin Books

I am reading C.S. Lewis’ A Preface to Paradise Lost for the first time. This is one of Lewis’ early works (1942), and comes out of his lecturing in English Literature. I was struck immediately on the first page by … Continue reading

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A Peculiar Dedication

In his academic world of literary criticism, C.S. Lewis might be most influential in his A Preface to Paradise Lost. As I read it now, it does not seem an astounding book, though it is surprisingly accessible (except that the … Continue reading

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What Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress Teaches us about English and Education

One of my first posts on A Pilgrim in Narnia was the confession that I had not really ever read John Bunyan’s classic The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678). I’m pretty sure I had pretended to read it. I had played the … Continue reading

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