January 20, 2020 - March 30, 2020
North Shore Community Centre
452 - 730 Cottonwood Avenue
Kamloops, BC, Canada
The title, “Paradise Lost,” might suggest a course about the fatal effects of global climate change. But it is not. Yet, it is a course about humanity as a whole, about its present state and its future. This “Paradise Lost” is a course about John Milton’s great 17th Century Christian epic. For Homer in the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey,” and Virgil in The “Aeneid,” the issue was how mankind can uphold social and political order and self-discipline against individual pride and egotism. For Milton the question is more basic: how did pride and anarchy enter humanity and the world in the first place, especially a world created by a supposedly all-powerful and benevolent god? In brief, his epic’s focus is the problem of evil and its origin. Over our ten weeks, we will read and discuss the twelve books of Milton’s epic, exploring his story and his imaginative creation of the three main locations of the action—Hell, Heaven, and Earth. Unlike the Classical epics, the text we will read is not a modern translation but Milton’s own verse, the extraordinarily powerful, vivid and musical poetry of a poet who had become completely blind.