I'm taking a break from listening to a lecture to update. I haven't written in a while, and even though I'm enjoying Quentin Skinner's lecture on Milton's ideas regarding freedom, I'm having a hard time with my attention span (it's about an hour long...).
School is going well, though it's only been a month. I can't believe how close I am to graduation! I did a lot of work and was exposed to many new works of literature (and a few old ones in a new light), but the time just flew. It hardly felt like a program when I compare the time to the four years I spent as an undergrad, but I definitely did a lot in such a short period of time!
I'm taking some great classes this semester. Milton, obviously. I'm also taking a course in James Joyce. I wish I'd taken this class before I went to Dublin so that I could trace the steps of the characters, you know? Oh, well, I guess I'll have to go back someday. ;) My contemporary British lit class is interesting; I love modern British writing, but we read a novel, some history, and a critical article every week, so it's a bit much sometimes. Wordsworth and Byron...well, I think I'll like the class better once we get to Byron. Wordsworth is just NOT my cup of tea. He talks about how amazing it would be if we all lived a simple, rustic lifestyle...but did he live that life himself? Did he choose to be like the beggars he wrote about? No.
Aaaanyway. I haven't got much other news, honestly. Except that Neil Gaiman's got a new book out (The Graveyard Book), and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy -- and have time to read it!
Back to Milton...