Visionary Voices Read Aloud: John Milton’s Paradise Lost
Since Fall 2019, we have been reading works by “visionary poets.” While what constitutes “visionariness” is an open and dynamic question (with intense contemporary relevance) we began our quest to bring visionary voices to life by alternately reading aloud the poetry of John Milton, William Blake, and Walt Whitman—in kind of meta-dialog with Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem, Savitri, which is being read by another group on alternating Wednesdays in a complementary braid. These read-aloud sessions have released some at-times volatile yet overall creative energies, which you can review in our archive. In 2020, we decided to focus on Paradise Lost until we’ve completed a full read through, then open the exploration to new voices. Participation in this group is open-ended and open to all—join for a canto, stay for an epic!—please sign up below.
Books We’re Reading
Paradise LostJohn Milton
Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608–1674). It is considered by critics to be Milton’s major work, and it helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time. …
The Marriage of Heaven and HellWilliam Blake
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is a book by the English poet and printmaker William Blake. It is a series of texts written in imitation of biblical prophecy but expressing Blake’s own intensely personal Romantic and revolutionary beliefs. Like his oth …