Monthly Archives: March 2018

1822 – William Blake, of the Devil’s Party



William Blake once said that John Milton was “of the Devil’s party without knowing it.” In this episode, we consider Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667), and its legacy among the Romantics, especially the poet and illustrator William Blake. To help me out, I interview my friend and colleague, Professor Rebecca Ariel Porte of the Brookings Institute for Social Research. This being a Skype interview, the audio quality is less than ideal, but it’s an illuminating discussion, touching on everything from the Devil’s revolutionary politics to my own expecting parenthood.

Music for this episode includes The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Killmonger Theme” from the Black Panther soundtrack.

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