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1 “English 544: Milton” and a host of other volunteers present A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST

2 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 1, Hell Book (798 lines), 8:30-9:15 a.m. Professor Angelica Duran will recite the epic invocation from memory, blindfolded. The blindfold reminds us that the author John Milton was blind when he composed Paradise Lost. Then, English 544 students will read the remainder of this Book, which plunges readers into Hell in the moments shortly after Satan and his Rebel Angels have been expelled from Heaven. Readers are Rachel Baughman, Angelica Duran, Emily Ponder, Rebecah Pulsifer.

3 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 2, Hell Book (1,055 lines), 9:15-10:15 a.m. Audience members can listen to the amazing rhetoric that Milton created for the Diabolic Council in Hell in which the devils Beelzebub, Belial, Mammon, Moloch, and Satan decide to ruin humankind to get back at God; and the tour de force poetry Milton uses to describe the first part of Satan’s journey to the Gates of Hell – where he meets his daughter Sin and his son/grandson Death – and through Chaos. Readers are Rachel Baughman, Emily Ponder, Rebecah Pulsifer.

4 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 3, Heaven Book (742 lines), 10:15-11:05 a.m. Book 3, Heaven Book (742 lines), 10:15-11:05 a.m. Emily Ponder will recite the epic invocation from memory, blindfolded. The blindfold reminds us that the author John Milton was blind when he composed Paradise Lost. Then, God the Father, God the Son, and the Angelic Chorus respond to Satan’s plan to ruin humankind. Satan returns in this book, though, disguised as a cherub during his stop at the Sun to ask the archangel Uriel for directions to Earth to end his journey. Readers are Rachel Baughman, Emily Ponder, Rebekah Schroeder.

5 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 4, Paradise (1,015 lines), 11:05 a.m.-12:15 p.m. With such memorable characters as the archangel-warrior Gabriel, and the cherubs Ithuriel and Zephon, Milton takes us to his rich and wonderful vision of Paradise, where we meet the happy couple Adam and Eve. Readers are Emily Ponder, Rebecah Pulsifer, Caylen Redden, Bing Yan.

6 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 5, Raphael and the War (907 lines), 12:15-1:15 p.m. The archangel Raphael descends to warn Adam and Eve of their danger from Satan and recounts the War in Heaven that led to the Rebel Angels’ expulsion to Hell. Readers from “English 267: World Literature” are Kristin Clark, Ebony Robinson, Carolyn Shaffer, Megan Hamer, Tiffany Smock, Melissa Mills, Andrea Cuevas, Carl Dunlap, Ben Parker, Sam Ostafinski, Christa Hauser, Megan Kramer, Shalanda Holley, Matt Gee, Peggy Nifong, Evan Lewis, Kim Remington, Beth Kowalski, Rachel Stege, Brady Spangenberg.

7 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 6, Raphael and the War (912 lines), 1:15-2:10 p.m. The archangel Raphael concludes his account of the three-day War in Heaven, including the diabolic invention of the canon and God the Son’s ultimate glorious victory. This book will be of special interest to techies, linguists, and those interested in Disabilities Studies because the entire book will be read through gH software. Reader is e-Daniel.

8 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 7, The Story of Creation (640 lines), 2:10-2:55 p.m. In this Book, the archangel Raphael shifts his history from the War in Heaven to the Creation of the World. Milton’s loving description of the Creation of the World has prompted a large number and intensely creative response by visual and musical artists. Readers are Teht Ashmani, Rick Johnson. Mary Maxine Browne, Stuart Robertson, Melanie Schoffner, Sharon Solwitz.

9 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 8, Adam’s Story of His Creation (653 lines), 2:55-3:40 p.m. In this book, Adam gives his loving account of his first day of life, including his naming of the animals and the creation of Eve. The archangel leaves Earth with the hopes the happy couple will remain so. Readers are Teht Ashmani, Joanna Benskin, Charlie Ross, J. Case Tompkins, Bing Yan.

10 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 9, The Fall (1,189 lines), 3:40-4:45 p.m. Russell Keck will recite this last of the four epic invocations from memory, blindfolded. The blindfold reminds us that the author John Milton was blind when he composed Paradise Lost. This group then takes on the sad task of describing Eve’s temptation by the serpent Satan and her eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, followed by Adam’s fall and the first effects of their sin. Readers are Fritz Cohen, Russsell Keck, Sam Wager.

11 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 10, The Fallen World (1,104 lines), 4:45-5:50 p.m. Here we hear Milton’s account of the fallen world. After thoughts of suicide, recriminations, and reconciliation, the Edenic pair end in prayer for deliverance from God. Readers are Turgay Bayindir, Jacqueline Cassutt, Angelica Duran, Nancy Kauper, Russell Keck, Natalie van Hoose.

12 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 11, Michael’s of History to Noah (901 lines), 5:50-6:50 p.m. This Book is Milton’s account of the archangel Michael’s descent to Paradise to expel Adam and Eve, then the first half of Michael’s moving summary of Biblical history to Noah’s Flood. Readers are Eric Goddard-Scovel, Russell Keck, Caylen Redden, Sam Wager.

13 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST Book 12, The Conclusion of Michael’s Account of History and the Expulsion from Paradise (649 lines), 6:50-7:30 p.m. To end the Marathon Reading, students complete Michael’s summary of human history before they move on to the archangel Michael’s quick escort of Adam and Eve to the outside gates of Paradise. Readers are Russell Keck, Caylen Redden, Sam Wager

14 A MARATHON READING OF PARADISE LOST It is finished! All 10,565 lines. For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. – John Milton, Areopagitica


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