What can students of the these texts learn from such a literary study?

Look at the syllabus. Use this link https://milton.host.dartmouth.edu/reading_room/contents/text.shtml for paradise lost Book #9 and compare contrast the work to John Donne.
Skills: Critical Reading, Analysis of Concept and Language, Academic Writing, Research, and Reflection (Summary, Analysis, Reflection)Length: 1200-1500 words (4-5 pages)Sources: Primary – The Bible (Hebrew or Christian scriptures), the Quran, or any Native American Creation Story/ies (choose from any assigned readings before the Midterm Exam)Secondary — one or two scholarly articles from Keiss Library database (Use only: Literary Reference Plus, Humanities Full Text, and Academic Search Ultimate); quote at least two sentences in separate paragraphs for each source.For scholarly databases search: Check “Peer reviewed” and “Linked full text.”REQUIRED: 1 or two scholarly articles (peer-reviewed) of at least twelve pages in length, from a Keiss Library scholarly database (see above); two full sentences quoted in essay from each source (separate paragraphs). Works Cited list required; MLA format citations.IMPORTANT: See essay format guidelines at end of syllabus.*Submit essay via link in Bbd.
Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs: See below.
Inside Paragraphs:Each paragraph should focus on a topic with which to compare and contrast two stories from the sacred texts we have studied; topics can include characters (description, development), settings, dialogue, plot and narration, and literary style.
Essay StructureThe first paragraph should introduce (1) your subjects, your interest in them, and your critical perspective or theme (gender roles, political focus, family dynamics), (2) the sources you will bring into the essay (by name and brief summary of each one’s focus), and why you have found them useful; leading to (3) your thesis at the end of the paragraph, i.e., what is the problem (of perspective of these stories), and what is the solution (one viable perspective, as you see it)? Always introduce scholarly articles by title and author’s full name. After that, only refer to an author by last name. If your essay is written persuasively (logically, reasonably, showing patterns that your readers can identify, and textual evidence to support your claims), your thesis will be credible. THESIS sample: Problem (narrow interpretation of Eve as a character ) + Solution (perspective of Eve in a literary work such as Paradise Lost and/or another work of literature and/or in a contemporary spiritual group today can offer a perspective on Eve that relates better to Christians today).The inside paragraphs should each focus on one topic (see above). Your task is then to explain why each topic is significant, including a quotation from the scholar and/or the sacred text source (no more than two in each paragraph) supporting your points. Be sure to EXPLAIN and DEFEND why you are including this topic in your essay – it should have a clear connection to your thesis. At the end of each inside paragraph should be a paragraph point, a concluding sentence that establishes the connection of this topic to the thesis and essay overall. Quotations should not be longer than two typed lines, as a general rule (do not INDENT quotations). The components of an inside paragraph are: (1) topic sentence; (2) explanation, examples, and quotations; and (3) a paragraph point.The last paragraph should include (1) any concluding thoughts you have about this topic that you have explored in your essay. This paragraph should also include (2) a reiteration of your thesis in its fullest, most developed form, as well as (3) your evaluation of studying these ancient stories after your experience of researching and writing this essay. How was your understanding of these and other ancient texts broadened by your research and writing? What can students of the these texts learn from such a literary study?
Works Cited Page (required on both essays)Remember to include a Works Cited section at the end of your essays. These should conform to the MLA format.Sample: Scholarly essayTerry, Linda. “Victor and Elizabeth Need a Pre-Nup: Frankenstein’s Marriage Conflicts.” Studies in Romanticism 58.3 (Spring 2004): 147-160. Print.
Essay format guidelines:Essays must be computer-processed in 12 font, Times New Roman, with 1.25” margins (all sides) on white paper; name, date, essay title, word count, course number, and instructor’s name in top right corner; all pages numbered; double-spaced; no bolding, listing, or bulleting formats; no indenting of quotations or dialogue. Essays must adhere to all assignment requirements for potential full grade credit. See also Grading Guide (specific list of numbered writing items) on Blackboard.
Grading Rubric: This rubric serves as a general guide for grading papers and other assignments. Letter grades described below vary slightly with a plus or minus.A means engagement with the course material that effectively extends knowledge and understanding beyond basic points. The student consistently integrates course readings; assignment was adhered to in an effective manner and concepts developed fully. Structure and logic are sound. Writing is of excellent quality.B means engagement with the course material that attempts to extend knowledge and understanding beyond basic points, although not always effectively or successfully. The student generally integrates the course readings; assignment was adhered to, and writing quality is good, but needs improvement.C means a general understanding of the course materials, but the assignment was not adhered to entirely or effectively. Aspects of essay are missing, though some elements may be present. General grammar and other mechanics are poor. Writing quality marginally poor but improvable. Rewrite recommended.D means little understanding of the materials addressed in class; assignment not adhered to; writing quality very poor and needs serious work and attention in order to improve. A.R.C. tutorial and/or conference with instructor recommended.