The all-day, 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, begins at 8:00am and ends at approximately 8pm. 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 hosted by the Department of English, with support from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Marlys H. Witte, the W.W. Norton Publishing Company, and the University Libraries.