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Ph.D. Brown University
on sabbatical leave, spring, 2016 421 Lake
Francis Blessington teaches major books of the past as aesthetically interesting in themselves and as relevant to the modern world: the Greeks, the Romans, the Bible, and Milton, especially Paradise Lost. He also teaches seventeenth-century British literature, a major period for great lyric poets, like Donne and Ben Jonson, and for styles of writing prose. Professor Blessington is a poet and fiction writer, and he offers poetry and fiction workshops. Currently, Professor Blessington is writing a book on Milton to discover how he employed witchcraft in his poetry.
Euripides: Trojan Women, Helen, Hecuba: Three Plays About Women and the Trojan War. Verse translations.
The Last Witch of Dogtown. Novel.
Wolf Howl. Poems.
Euripides: The Bacchae, and Aristophanes: The Frogs. Verse translations.
Lorenzo de’ Medici. Verse play.
Paradise Lost: Ideal and Tragic Epic. Paperback title: Paradise Lost: A Student’s Companion to the Poem..
The Motive For Metaphor: Essays on Modern Poetry in Honor of Samuel French Morse, edited with Guy Rotella.
Paradise Lost and the Classical Epic.
Milton and Witchcraft (book)