Paradise Lost by John MiltonJohn Miltons 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 mankinds 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 love.
Marked by Miltons characteristic erudition, Paradise Lost is a work epic both in scale and, notoriously, in ambition. For nearly 350 years, 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.
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But this epic poem, years old this month, remains a work of unparalleled imaginative genius that shapes English literature even now. Its dozen sections are an ambitious attempt to comprehend the loss of paradise — from the perspectives of the fallen angel Satan and of man, fallen from grace. Even to readers in a secular age, the poem is a powerful meditation on rebellion, longing and the desire for redemption.
Paradise Lost, Book I, Lines 221-270
This first Book proposes, first in brief, the whole Subject, Mans disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he was plac't : Then touches the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who revolting from God, and drawing to his side many Legions of Angels, was by the command of God driven out of Heaven with all his Crew into the great Deep. Which action past over, the Poem hasts into the midst of things , presenting Satan with his Angels now fallen into Hell, describ'd here , not in the Center for Heaven and Earth may be suppos'd as yet not made, certainly not yet accurst but in a place of utter darkness, fitliest call'd Chaos : Here Satan with his Angels lying on the burning Lake, thunder-struck and astonisht , after a certain space recovers, as from confusion, calls up him who next in Order and Dignity lay by him; they confer of thir miserable fall. Satan awakens all his Legions, who lay till then in the same manner confounded; They rise, thir Numbers, array of Battel , thir chief Leaders nam'd , according to the Idols known afterwards in Canaan and the Countries adjoyning. To these Satan directs his Speech, comforts them with hope yet of regaining Heaven, but tells them lastly of a new World and new kind of Creature to be created, according to an ancient Prophesie or report in Heaven; for that Angels were long before this visible Creation, was the opinion of many ancient Fathers. To find out the truth of this Prophesie , and what to determin thereon he refers to a full Councel. What his Associates thence attempt. And chiefly Thou O Spirit , that dost prefer Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for Thou know'st ; Thou from the first Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread [ 20 ] Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss And mad'st it pregnant : What in me is dark Illumin , what is low raise and support; That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert Eternal Providence , [ 25 ] And justifie the wayes of God to men.
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This first Book proposes, first in brief, the whole Subject, Mans disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he was plac't: Then touches the prime.
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An epic poem in blank verse, considered by many scholars to be one of the greatest poems of the English language. Paradise Lost tells the biblical story of the fall from grace of Adam and Eve and, by extension, all humanity in language that is a supreme achievement of rhythm and sound. Much has been written about Milton's powerful and sympathetic characterization of Satan. The Romantic poets William Blake and Percy Bysshe Shelley saw Satan as the real hero of the poem and applauded his rebellion against the tyranny of Heaven. Milton's Paradise Regained dramatizes the temptation of Christ. Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve--how they came to be created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden, also called Paradise. It's the same story you find in the first pages of Genesis, expanded by Milton into a very long, detailed, narrative poem.
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Although his source of inspiration the Holy Spirit and subject matter is greater than those stories attempted in the past, he humbly acknowledges his debt as he reinvents the epic convention from a Protestant Christian perspective. John Milton, in recounting the Fall of Man, invokes the classical Muse, an epic convention used by great pagan poets such as Homer and Virgil; however, he specifically mentions that the Muse he calls is the one that inspired Moses to speak to the Israelites, so he means the Holy Spirit. Milton demonstrates no false modesty, as he knows this will be an awe-inspiring work surpassing those of Homer, Virgil, Dante, et cetera, whose format he knows and has mastered. Similar in gravity to the Book of Genesis from the Bible, the opening also echoes ancient Greek and Roman epic poetry in its form. Milton uses Biblical mountains and streams to replace the favorite haunts of the classical Muses. He not only compares himself to past epic poets, but also places Adam, his arguably primary character, above others.