2. Milton's Private and Public Education.
3. Educated Milton: John Milton, Gentleman.
4. Milton and Shakespeare.
5. Milton the Omnivorous Reader.
6. Political Milton.
7. Place in History.
9. Milton the Friend.
10. Milton Abroad.
11. First-married Milton.
12. Milton the Divorcer.
13. Infamous Milton.
14. "The Great Milton".
15. Milton the Egoist.
16. The Myth of the Unattractive Milton.
17. Physical Appearance.
19. Milton's Sense of Humor.
20. Milton's First Great Poem.
23. Elegies in Latin and English.
24. Decorum, Genre, and Modes: the Nativity Ode.
26. The Serious and Even the Puritan, Masque.
28. The Masque often known as Comus.
29. Musical Entertainment.
30. Fairy-tale Plot.
32. Performance and Character.
33. The One Just Man, or Woman.
34. Against the Bishops.
35. The Reason of Church-Government.
36. Wonder Years.
37. Of Education.
38. Divorce as a Serious Subject.
39. Prose Masterpiece: Areopagitica.
40. The Blind Warrior.
41. Plans for Great Tragedies.
42. Milton's Theological Niche.
43. The Baroque in Space and Time.
46. Solitude, Patience, etc.
47. The One Just Man.
48. Free Will, Disturbing.
49. A Creative God.
50. "Satan, He's a Liar".
51. Satan, Sin, and Death.
52. Plot and Parallel Scenes.
55. A Remarkable Memory.
56. Slow Reading, on Purpose.
57. Epic Similes.
60. The Printing of Paradise Lost.
63. "Paradise Found".
64. The Plot of the Brief Epic.
65. Paradise Regain'd and the Problems of a Cold-seeming Son of God.
66. Problems of Presenting a Speaking Jesus.
67. The Son as Student.
68. Diminished Satan.
69. Epic Devices in Miniature.
70. Political Undertones.
71. Searches for Meaning in Epithets.
72. Socrates, the Biblical Job, etc.
73. Class Warfare.
74. Quiet Closure.
75. Unpretentious Poetic Style.
76. Samson Agonistes and the Problem of Dating.
77. The Plot of the Dramatic Poem.
78. The Agon or Struggle in Samson Agonistes.
79. Harapha, his Giantship.
80. The Temptations to Luxury or Idleness.
81. A Chorus You Can't always Believe.
82. Quiet Closure of the Tragedy and the Short Epic.
83. In the End, "One's country is where it is well with one.".
84. Aftermath: Milton's Influence.
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