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Paradise Lost (1667)

by John Milton

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Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, Paradise Lost tells the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the ensuing fall of Man with his expulsion from Eden. It is a tale of immense drama and excitement, of innocence pitted against corruption, of rebellion and treachery, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love. Written in blank verse of unsurpassed majesty, Paradise Lost is the work of a mastermind involved in a profound search for truth.… (more)
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Hard to read but wonderful. It takes some time to get into the story, which is compelling! ( )
  Lapsus16 | Apr 8, 2022 |
Fair, signed "to Sarah A. Williams 1868"
  GoshenMAHistory | Mar 18, 2022 |
It definitely lags in the middle books... and the end... but it's definitely one of the best things I've ever read in the English language. ( )
  becomingyolo | Mar 18, 2022 |
It 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. The 12-book structure, the technique of beginning in medias res (in the middle of the story), the invocation of the muse, and the use of the epic question are all classically inspired. The subject matter, however, is distinctly Christian.

The main characters in the poem are God, Lucifer (Satan), Adam, and Eve. 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. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Oct 24, 2021 |
Paradise Lost is a classic of English literature but is an exhausting read. Reading Milton's poetry feels like reading from a fire hose - you keep praying for him to take a breath.

The particular edition I read was terrible. There are several typos in the introductory material. It was downloaded from Amazon but was in many ways fishy. The cover describes it as the Norton critical edition and says that it was annotated. The e-book edition had no annotations. The book also had no ISBN number associated with it either. No author was even credited with the introductory material either. All there is is a note saying "This book is brought to you by La" whatever that means. The cover picture could not be found anywhere else.

Avoid this edition. ( )
  M_Clark | Sep 20, 2021 |
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John Miltonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ackroyd, PeterPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bengtsson, Frans G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley, RichardEditorsecondary 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
Lewalski, Barbara KieferEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mack, MaynardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pullman, PhilipIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ricks, ChristopherEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verstegen, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wain, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
William G Madsensecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winterich, John T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, Paradise Lost tells the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the ensuing fall of Man with his expulsion from Eden. It is a tale of immense drama and excitement, of innocence pitted against corruption, of rebellion and treachery, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love. Written in blank verse of unsurpassed majesty, Paradise Lost is the work of a mastermind involved in a profound search for truth.

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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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Important epic
answering the big question:
"Do angels have sex?"
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