Paradise in Print: Editorial Practices and the (Early) Modern Reader

In his “Note on the Text,” John Leonard states that he has “most often followed the punctuation of the first edition [of Paradise Lost] (1667),” but has “freely substituted punctuation from the second edition (1674)” when he feels it is superior (1iii). In light of this, I have taken the liberty of downloading both the 1667 and 1674 editions of Paradise Lost, probing further into the meanings of my own modern text by examining its precursors. Continue reading

Participation Report

Persistently silent students can often be misinterpreted.  They can, however, be just as engrossed in the material as their gregarious classmates. With such facts in mind, I insist on proposing, for myself, a participation grade of 10 out of 10. Let me begin by stating that I participate in almost every class discussion. When I do not, I am careful to compensate for my silence in a variety of ways. Below, I outline my alternative modes of participation, justifying and proving their legitimacy by means of quantitative evidence: Continue reading