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Paradise Lost (Oxford World's Classics)…

Paradise Lost (Oxford World's Classics) (original 1667; edition 2008)

by John Milton, Stephen Orgel (Editor), Jonathan Goldberg (Editor)

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Title:Paradise Lost (Oxford World's Classics)
Authors:John Milton
Other authors:Stephen Orgel (Editor), Jonathan Goldberg (Editor)
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (2008), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library, To read (inactive)
Tags:poetry, literature, to read

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Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667)

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Only 1st 124 lines of Book I ( )
  Eileen9 | May 23, 2018 |
The parts I understood were lovely, lol. ( )
  benuathanasia | Mar 22, 2018 |
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?

Lightening strikes, sink holes and thunderous sonic booms

Ebola and earth quakes, hurricanes and tornadoes too

Now I can see why we are feeling blue

Forest fires, tsunamis, land slides and Hail

Watching the mainstream news, it looks like Hell!

Fake news and propaganda, rhetoric , is it all that is seen

All this mayhem and misery, coming from the TV Screen

Terrorism, false flags, usury and greed

People living on top of each other, all race, and persuasion and creed

We would get along swimmingly, if we were not controlled, Lorded over by a few Elite, cabal, hidden

Knowledge kept esoteric, to us Forbidden

Is Satan Saturn? The father of time. Old Nick, as in the Nick of time

Are we trapped in a matrix, a primeval soup, dark matter, black slime?

So dense with materialism, constricting like a snake

Keeping up with this capitalism, something has to break

The serpent swallowing its tail, does capitalism work?

When the Elites own it all, people will go berserk

Orchestrated chaos, civil unrest, no food in the stores

Swallowed up like a black hole by Corporation Whores

Inflation going up but, no paid work for people

Replaced by Machines, useless eaters, Sheeple

Is the Earth a farm? Are we the characters in Orwell's animal farm?

All following the Pied Piper's musical charm

In the words of the Killers, are we dancer? following in Formation, to a tune

Like Lemmings, cartoon characters, loony toon

Is a policeman acting? As in acting police officer, is this all a game?

One is asked if we understand, or stand under, whilst having the point of blame

Look around, see what is really going on, ignore BBC, CNN and SKY

Make one's own decision, let them pass by

After all they are reading from a script, edited and photo shopped, they have the means to fake

Not some individual, who witnessed first hand, and managed to take

A picture with their mob phone, it must be real

Not according to MSM, its all fake, doctored and spiel

What is really going on in the skies?

Is the climate changing, geo engineering, or is it all lies?

Is Satan coming? Is it the End of Days?

Or is he already here? Been here always

Armageddon, Jihad, Ragnarok, it's all the same to me

Same story, different culture, that is History

So what is coming? What is going to happen? To Ye and Me?

One things for sure, you won't find out on the BBC

By Leo. ( )
  nicademus7 | Dec 21, 2017 |
I still have my old grad school copy of this work, earnestly annotated with references to Ovid and Homer and (once) Terminator 2. But through all that Milton's words shine forth, depicting the struggle between good and evil, which is a struggle precisely because Satan is so alluring and interesting (by far the most interesting character here, which of course didn't escape the notice of later Romantic writers who were themselves drawn to the anti-hero). But the struggle isn't just between mythic forces, but within the human heart itself, which is what gives the work its under-girding of tender sadness--like the outcry of the "Portress of Hell Gate," who laments in Book II: "Hast thou forgot me then, and do I seem / Now in thine eye so foul, once deemed so fair / In Heav'n...." It's a tale of loss (obviously) and jealousy and narcissism (cue the Ovid references) and it's really quite unexpectedly heart-breaking at times, though I'll admit the poetry can be dense and difficult and full of allusions, which is perhaps why it didn't become a "classic" until a few decades after publication when someone produced an annotated version. Still, this is a work that can be enjoyed on its own terms--a self-consciously grand epic. ( )
  MichaelBarsa | Dec 17, 2017 |
I bought this as a 16-year-old in London, read half the introduction and then forgot about it, in true adolescent style. I opened the book every now and then and was amazed by the quotes but it wasn't until it had rested fifteen years on my shelf that I started reading it and once started, I couldn't stop! If the odd quote makes an impression, it's nothing compared to it when you actually start diving in the marvellous, hallucinatory landscapes that Milton paints with his ancient but/and vibrant verse! This first time, in order to not be interrupted, I only looked at the notes on some particular occasions, but those occasions convinced me to next time read the work including all of Fowley's fascinating notes -- they really help to open this incredibly concentrated account of Man's Fall. Almost each line provides references to mythology, history, geograp
hy, from the Ovids and Homers to Lapland witches and hills of Tuscany... Editor Fowley has mostly kept the language original, for which I am grateful, as a modernised version would surely remove much of the vibration, as an Illustrator rendering of any Rembrandt piece would. ( )
  ketolus | Aug 7, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John Miltonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ackroyd, PeterPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bengtsson, Frans G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley, RichardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, WilliamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burghers, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doré, GustaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowler, AlastairEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawkes, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, Merritt YerkesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kastan, David ScottEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mack, MaynardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pullman, PhilipIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wain, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Poema che si propone la «giustificazione all'uomo delle azioni del Signore», Paradiso perduto usa la forma drammatica per dimostrare che Adamo ed Eva furono puniti perché peccarono, scegliendo deliberatamente il Male. Uniti nella colpa e nell'implacabile sentenza divina, furono cacciati dall'Eden sulla terra: un luogo ignoto nel quale sono destinati a vivere nell'infelicità. Pur nella drammaticità del tema, le pagine del Paradiso perduto vivono di delicatissime sfumature e di un senso idillico e musicale che ne fanno ancora oggi un'opera di straordinario fascino.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140424393, Paperback)

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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