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Paradise Lost John Milton s Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind s destiny The struggle rages across three worlds heaven, hell, and earth as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, who are motivated by all too human temptations but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding loveMarked by Milton s characteristic erudition, Paradise Lost is a work epic both in scale and, notoriously, in ambition For nearlyyears, it has held generation upon generation of audiences in rapt attention, and its profound influence can be seen in almost every corner of Western culture


About the Author: John Milton

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost 1667 , written in blank verse.Milton s poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica 1644 written in condemnation of pre publication censorship is among history s most influential and impassioned defenses of free speech and freedom of the press.William Hayley s 1796 biography called him the greatest English author, and he remains generally regarded as one of the preeminent writers in the English language, though critical reception has oscillated in the centuries since his death often on account of his republicanism Samuel Johnson praised Paradise Lost as a poem whichwith respect to design may claim the first place, and with respect to performance, the second, among the productions of the human mind, though he a Tory and recipient of royal patronage described Milton s politics as those of an acrimonious and surly republican.Because of his republicanism, Milton has been the subject of centuries of British partisanship.



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  1. says:

    in middle school i had seen this book lying around the house and for some reason it struck me as very impressive i didn t ever want to read it but i wanted to give off the impression that i was the type of person who would read it i did this with a few other books too catcher in the rye, on the road, ect i carried it to school so that teachers would see it in my possession and prominently


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    There s all this debate over why Satan is so appealing in Paradise Lost Did Milton screw up Is he being cynical, or a double secret atheist And why is God such a dick But no one asks whether, say, Shakespeare screwed up in making Iago so much fun they just give him credit for writing an awesome villain And that s all Milton s doing Satan is tempting for us because Satan is tempting for us. That s t


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    Paradise Lost is the quintessential epic poem and its protagonist, Satan, is the quintessential anti heroBetter to reign in Hell, than to serve in HeavenIt s almost impossible to read this without, in some way, sympathising with him Although he is vain, full of pride and evil, he is still a fallen angel And that s kind of important In the early cantos he is powerful, persuasive and godly though he, ultimat


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    THE CONQUEST OF PRIDEThe road winds inListlessness of ancient war,Langour of broken steel,Clamour of confused wrong, aptIn silence Memory is strongBeyond the bone Pride snapped,Shadow of pride is long.T.S ELIOT, RANNOCH AT GLENCOEWhen T.S Eliot visited the Scottish Highlands in his later years, he saw at first hand the site of the Glencoe Massacre at the time of the doomed Jacobite uprising of 1689 As he mused, who


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    Portions of this book were assigned for my Brit Lit class I read about half of the assigned portions I was distracted at the time by various events in life and wasn t yet a very good student My professor had done his PhD work on Milton and taught with a contagious passion So much passion that I decided, after the discussion was over, to buy the whole book During our five day Fall break in my sopho year I sat on the front law


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    When I think of Milton s epic poem about Satan and his fall from grace, I most frequently think of two anecdotes apart from the actual work, brilliant and a foundation of modern literature as it is.First, I recall the scene from Animal House, when Donald Sutherland begins a smarmy, condescendingly pretentious question to his class about Milton s intentions for introducing Satan as such an interesting character, punctuating the delive


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    Is Satan coming Are we in the End of Days Is the Earth heating, under the Sun s Rays Is it all make believe, manipulation, or true Why on this wonderful Earth, is everybody blue Are we in the Rapture Impending Doom Lightning strikes, sink holes and thunderous sonic boomsEbola and earth quakes, hurricanes and tornadoes tooNow I can see why we are feeling blueForest fires, tsunamis, land slides and HailWatching the mainstream news, it looks lik


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    EDIT 26 12 2018 I m not answering comments on this review any because I find that I have to constantly repeat myself If you feel the need to point out Paradise Lost is a classic and was written during an era when women had few rights, please refer to the comment section I m fucking done The 50 word review that launched a thousand trolls Fuck your misogyny Fuck your scorning Greek gods as false gods, then using its mythology left and right as metaphors


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    Milton wrote this while blind, and claimed it was the result of divine inspiration which visited him nightly There are few texts that could reasonably be added into the Bible, and this is certainly one of them the Divine Comedy is another Paradise Lost outlines portions of the Bible which, thanks to its haphazard combination of mythic stories, are never fully explored In fact, most of Paradise Lost has become tacitly accepted into the Christian mythos, even if


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    What does the word Paradise signifies to a human being Is it the state of blissfulness which one acknowledges in life owing to the absence of all fears as can be experienced in this dwelling place of ours Or is it an actual place somewhere in heaven which is the ultimate goal that humans wish to achieve As a child, I had a profound belief in the idea of God and heaven too Yes, and perhaps the reason I wished to believe in him was the fact that world seemed a beautiful


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