Posted on March 14, 2017, BY Samantha Wallace

A scene from John Milton's "Paradise Lost," as depicted by artist William Blake.

The greatest epic in the English language was not written but spoken, when the blind Renaissance poet John Milton recited Paradise Lost to his daughters.

Join the students from the ENLS 350/650 course in Renaissance literature from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the McDonnell Ski Lounge for Bucknell's inaugural marathon reading of Paradise Lost. Students will stage an open-mic reading of Milton's epic to experience the lush lyricism of Satan's struggles against the "tyranny of heaven," God's creation of the world and Eve's first disobedience.

The event is free and open to the public; anyone is welcome to drop in for five minutes or for the full marathon, and they are welcome to read as much or as little as they like, or not at all. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available.

For more information, please contact Professor Kat Lecky, English, at


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