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Paradise Lost by John Milton

Paradise Lost (1667)

by John Milton

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I wanted to give this review both more and less than I have attributed to it. Paradise Lost is a quintessential book for understanding the later romantics who worked outside the tradition of men like Wordsworth and beat the trail towards modernism with the likes of Blake and Shelley. Due to this I agree with David Hawkes that it is far more than a book of “dead ideas.” Yet this is probably the ONLY thing that I agree with on Hawkes’ account. I highly recommend reading an edition not annotated by this man. Never before have I come across such a slanted and biased editor. His entire annotation is as if a defense of his own interpretation, and is replete with such a gross abuse of convoluted philosophical jargon that does not even remain consistent throughout the work. Even worse, he blatantly disregards passages that outright contradict his conviction in the author’s desire to having written a “third testament.” Willingly or not, Milton’s self aggrandized conception of what he is doing betrays itself in his very attempt to reconcile Christian morality with Protestant reformation. It is in fact just this which writers such as Shelley and Byron find in it its import, for by portraying Satan as he does, he inadvertently makes of him a modernist hero.
It is Milton’s profundity (which cannot be denied) which reveals this to us. This credit should not be denied him. Without it, the blatant conflagration between dualities would not shine forth as bright as they do and as such rival the fecund heavenly rhetoric (which ironically Hawkes chastises while doing the same himself). Please do read this book. But if it all possible, avoid Hawkes’ slant when forming your own opinion; his is almost downright shameful and lends credence to those criticisms that accuse this meritorious book of its contemporary superfluity.
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  PhilSroka | Apr 12, 2016 |
Have you ever read a book because you read about it in another book?

"Paradise Lost" is Jace Wayland's favorite book in City of Bones. And I absolutely loved The Mortal Instruments series, so I decided to get this book and give it a go. I wanted to read what Cassandra Clare found so appealing in this book.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
I had dreaded taking a class on this but ended up absolutely loving the text. I didn't like my professor and his ideas so much, but found that the text stands on its own as excellent literature, which is something I can't say for Shakespeare. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
I started it but never finished it. I would like to though. ( )
  AshleyDioses | Aug 1, 2015 |
No tenia idea de que era un poema, pensé que me encontraría ante algo de ficción con tintes teológicos y mas bien es una descripción de la caída de Satán y consiguientemente la expulsión de de Adan y Eva. En lo personal disfrute sobremanera la parte de Satán, el autor nos presenta un personaje tan humano que es casi imposible no sentirse mal por el. ( )
  zkazy | Apr 24, 2015 |
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John Miltonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ackroyd, PeterPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley, RichardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, WilliamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burghers, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doré, GustaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawkes, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, Merritt YerkesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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As a young student, John Milton fantasized about bringing the poetic elocution of Homer and Virgil to the English language. Milton realized this dream with his graceful, sonorous Paradise Lost, now considered the most influential epic poem in English literature.
A retelling of the biblical story of mankind’s fall from grace, Milton’s epic opens shortly after the dramatic expulsion of Satan and his army of angels from Heaven. What follows is a cosmic battle between good and evil that ranges across vast, splendid tracts of time and space, from the wild abyss of Chaos and the fiery lake of Hell to the Gate of Heaven and God’s newly created paradise, the Garden of Eden. Controversy still swirls around Milton’s magnificent and sympathetic characterization of Satan, a portrait so compelling that many critics have maintained that he is the true hero of the story.

David Hawkes is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. His books include Idols of the Marketplace (2001) and Ideology (second edition, 2003), and he has contributed articles to The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Journal of the History of Ideas.

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In Paradise Lost, Milton produced a poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man. Written when Milton was in his fifties - blind, bitterly disappointed by the Restoration and briefly in danger of execution—Paradise Lost has an apparent ambivalence towards authority which has led to intense debate about whether it manages to "justify the ways of God to men", or exposes the cruelty of Christianity.

@MorningStarlet Dressed as a snake. She’s going for it . . . Yes! She ate the forbidden apple! Guess God wasn’t paying attention. Omniscient, hah

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Milton's epic poem about the Creation and the Fall, complete with notes discussing his use of language and blank verse.

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