Category Archives: AP English – 18 Years Later

Take that, Shakespeare! Jill’s haphazard thoughts on Much Ado About Nothing

Yeah, so I read this play in like July, and apparently into August.  What the hell was I doing last summer that it took me six weeks to read a Shakespeare play?  I have no idea.  And I’ll probably never … Continue reading

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The AP English Challenge rides again: Jill reviews Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment

I feel like there is some symmetry in when I finished Crime and Punishment.  I started it over Christmas break of 1993, which was just about twenty years ago.  Finishing it almost twenty years to the day after starting it … Continue reading

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Book II of Paradise Lost, Part II (by Bethany)

After they conclude their parliamentary debate about whether or not to wage another war against God, the rebel angels make plans to scout the cosmos out to see if the rumor they’ve heard about the creation of mankind is true. … Continue reading

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Mornings with Milton, Day 2: Book II of Paradise Lost (first part only) – by Bethany

Death is not – as Wallace Stevens supposes – the mother of beauty. In fact, Death is the father of the hell hounds. What? Yes, I’m serious. I’ve read Book II of Paradise Lost, and I know these things. Book … Continue reading

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Mornings With Milton: Book I of Paradise Lost (by Bethany)

Paradise Lost is hard. It’s hard and intimidating and impossible to read without hearing Milton’s throaty voice laughing at you from wherever he is now – probably Purgatory. It’s also fascinating. This poem reminds me how much I love blank … Continue reading

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That’s right, I’m skipping ahead. Pre-Reading Notes on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (by Jill)

I can’t do Paradise Lost yet.  I just can’t.  I’ve started it.  I blundered through Book One and the first couple pages of Book Two.  But I, too, am afraid of John Milton and I need to plan out my … Continue reading

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The Return of the AP English Challenge: Final Thoughts on Anna Karenin(a) (by Jill)

I don’t think I’ve ever put off writing about a book for as long as I’ve put off finishing up April’s AP English Challenge selection.  I started Anna Karenin(a) on April 4th, and finished it on June 13th, effectively derailing … Continue reading

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