“`Now what can we say about Milton’s “Paradise Lost’? It’s a very long poem. It was written a long time ago, and I’m sure a lot of you have difficulty understanding exactly what Milton was trying to say. ….. Don’t write this down, but I find Milton probably as boring as you find Milton. Mrs. Milton found him boring too. He’s a little bit long-winded, he doesn’t translate very well into our generation, and his jokes are terrible.”

I just finished reading John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

Unfortunately (for me), one of my main takeways from the experience is having read the above quote from the film “Animal House” (which I have never seen). It is a line from Donald Sutherland’s character that appears in an online review of “Paradise Lost” posted to amazon.com.

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