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Milton: YouTube

Sonnet 23

You can find several YouTube videos featuring renown Scottish actor Ian Richardson recitations of some of John Milton’s works.  Richardson (1934-2007) was a founding member (1960) of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and remained a major figure in the Company for decades.  His career spanned the British and American theatre, films and television, including the role of Henry Higgins in the 1976 revival of My Fair Lady for which he received a Tony Award nomination.

Speech by Satan from Book One of Paradise Lost

Introduced by Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000).  Gielgud is one of the few entertainers to have won all four of the major awards in the entertainment business: The Academy Award, the Emmy Award, the Tony Award, and the Grammy Award. (An interesting bit of trivia is that Sir Gielgud was J. K. Rowling's original inspiration for the character of Albus Dumbledore.)

First Part of Paradise Lost

Ian Richardson reading the first part of Paradise Lost.

Artist Terrance Lindall recites excerpts from Paradise Lost, accompanied by his paintings.

Paradise Lost altarpiece (2009) created by Terrance Lindall.

Yale University Courses

This is just one example from over 500 lectures from Yale University you can find on YouTube.  It is suggested you search using “YaleCourses” as your keyword.  You will find a number of lectures on Milton and his works.