Creatures, Cosmology, and Cavendish: The Importance of Science and Philosophy in “The Blazing-World”

Those within Margaret Cavendish’s social circle described her as “eccentric.” Women of her time most likely regarded the duchess’s boisterous and flirtatious personality as unbecoming of a woman with her age and status. She wrote about science and philosophy of the mid 1600s, which were strictly for male intellectuals at the time, and led her… Read more Creatures, Cosmology, and Cavendish: The Importance of Science and Philosophy in “The Blazing-World”

Milton and Sight

One thing I found interesting about Paradise Lost was one of the first lines: That to the highth of this great ArgumentI may assert Eternal Providence,And justifie the wayes of God to men. I found it interesting that Milton saw the need to justify the ways of God to man. On one hand, I think some anti-religion scholars might… Read more Milton and Sight

Sing O Heavenly Muse

Forgot to post this yesterday, oops. Question 1: What’s with all these heavenly muses? Some of the greatest classical epics such as the Odyssey and Iliad invoke some kind of muse, and Milton does that in the first few lines of Paradise Lost. The muses from Greek mythology were supposed to represent and be sources… Read more Sing O Heavenly Muse

Spenser’s View on the Roman Catholic Church Through the Eyes of Classical Mythology

The Christian influences and criticism against the Roman Catholic Church are abundant and apparent in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. However, there are other influences, themes, and motifs that are overshadowed by the heavy religious contexts and easily overlooked. Spenser not only drew inspiration from the intertwining religious and political climate of his time, but… Read more Spenser’s View on the Roman Catholic Church Through the Eyes of Classical Mythology

Astrophil and Stella sounded like a spacefaring duo but it’s so much worse

Question 1: What does Astrophil even mean? I really cannot stop seeing it as Astro Phil, like some 80s sci-fi astronaut cowboy. Turns out, Astrophil literally translates from Latin as “star lover.” And Stella means “star.” Astrophil loves Stella. But I think there’s more to it than that. In Sidney’s time, space travel was completely… Read more Astrophil and Stella sounded like a spacefaring duo but it’s so much worse