In collaboration with the Department of English, this all-day event is an open mic reading of the great epic Paradise Lost, Milton's poem about the creation of the world and the fall of Adam and Eve. Considered one of the greatest poems in the English language, the over 11,000 lines in Paradise Lost have inspired various aspects of modern culture including literature, music, art, film, voice recordings, and even computer games. Many of the various editions of the classic are available online in e-text editions.
Attendees, who can come and go as they please, are encouraged to take a turn reading a passage in sequence or to take advantage of an opportunity to hear this poem, first printed in 1667, read aloud.
The Milton Marathon is supported by the College of Humanities, Marlys H. Witte, the W.W. Norton Publishing Company and the University Libraries.