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Paradise Regained (Paradise #2)

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In purely poetic value, "Paradise Regained" is little inferior to its predecessor. There may be nothing in the poem that can quite touch the first two books of "Paradise Lost" for magnificence; but there are several things that may fairly be set beside almost anything in the last ten. The splendid "stand at bay" of the discovered tempter -- "'Tis true I am that spirit unfo ...more
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Published January 1st 2007 by Aegypan (first published 1671)
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Nov 15, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who read Paradise Lost.
Paradise Regained, while not at the same level of rhetoric and literacy as Paradise Lost, does offer an interesting insight into Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. Milton uses language in order to assert Jesus as the Messiah, and Satan as an agent of evil, which is being used by God, to help that assertion. Paradise Regained is largely static. There is no real rise and fall of tension and there is no real climax, either. Rather, all of the stress is placed on the importance of language and sil ...more
May 06, 2010 §-- rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Underrated. Sure, it's short and the language is plain, but that's also what's so amazing about it. Milton takes it down a notch rhetorically from Paradise Lost and makes simple language beautiful. That's not easy. Plus, Milton (and I) considered this to be not a sequel to Paradise Lost but part of the one long poem. The themes are the same, some characters are the same, and the poetry is sublime. Compare this to Book III of Paradise Lost, where God speaks. God speaks plainly, the still ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Paradise Regained (Paradise #2), John Milton
a poem in four books Edited by L. C. Martin, London: Oxford university press, 1925=1304
Robyn Blaber
Unlike Paradise Lost, we find Milton returning with characters far less interesting in this new Christian era. Satan, once a driven and quixotic hero is reduced to the likes of a very ineffectual tempter. Given that Satan and Jesus might have spent time together for eons before there was man, perhaps he'd know a little more about how to tempt him. Milton did use poetic license, in all but the lame temptations.

"Hey Jesus, you're an immortal being and pretty much omnipotent... remember that time y
Laurel Hicks
Milton's epic about the temptation of Christ in the wilderness is certainly easier to take in in one gasp than is his larger and better epic. (I read it all yesterday. I have been known to read Paradise Lost in a single day, but it was no easy task.) I was especially interested in Milton's take in Paradise Regained on the Genesis 6:1 reference to the sons of God who married the daughters of men. He makes the sons of God be the fallen angels=pagan gods who used human women as they willed in the m ...more
Seth Holler
Mar 02, 2016 Seth Holler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book I is engaging, Books II and III have their moments, but the conclusion of Book IV is fantastic.

Uses Luke's account of the Temptation, not Matthew's. Luke's sequence has always puzzled me; Milton (perhaps learning from Spenser's Redcrosse Knight, whose final enemy before recuperating in the House of Holiness is Despair) makes the final temptation an act of desperation on Satan's part. Tortured by ignorance of Jesus' mission and nature, and perhaps confused by the distinction Jesus draws in L
Apr 05, 2010 Jake rated it liked it
Shelves: religion, poetry
Can I say this poem is the theological equivalent of Rocky 2 without being profane? First off, I liked Rocky 2. It was exciting and triumphant, as opposed to the original which was cerebral and bitter-sweet. After the classic original, there is some merit in a follow-up piece that lets the good guy finally deliver that knock-out punch we’ve hungered for. Such is Milton’s Paradise Regained.

There are some great moments in this piece, which centers on Jesus Christ’s 40 days fasting in the wildernes
Apr 29, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
Paradise Regained is a philosophical conversation, more or less, written in a meter that is simultaneously more plain and oblique than that in Paradise Lost. The former isn't as difficult a struggle with regard to rendering English in Latinate syntax; however, Paradise Regained requires a lot more biblical know-how and a stronger familiarization with the Classics than I possess. But the story still shows some seams in its framework and its argument.

The structure of the work as a dialogue in and
Maan Kawas
Feb 23, 2015 Maan Kawas rated it really liked it
A beautiful poem, which is a sequel to Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost”, with focus on with the temptation of Christ as mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. Although it is a beautiful work, it is not as powerful as “Paradise Lost”, and with less drama and more philosophical dimension. I loved the poem and especially the idea that the man who rules over his own passions is to some extent similar to a king.
Dec 26, 2014 Nemo rated it liked it
Milton recounts and reinterprets the Biblical story of Satan Tempting Christ in Paradise Regained, in which he lays open to criticism and derision the whole of human existence and history. There is a distinct undertone of defiance and bitterness. In the poem, Christ is represented, not so much as the only begotten Son of God, but a heroic moral figure, who triumphs over Satan, not by His Godliness, but by ethical and philosophical polemics, the very thing he criticizes.

In attempting to “justify
Sep 01, 2014 Italia8989 rated it it was amazing
On an outward scale, this sequel has little literary value compared to its predecessor. However, it is a necessary companion with much more insight. In Paradise Regained, Jesus overcomes Satan's temptations. It seems like a more fluent version of the New Testament stories, but it has a lot of material if you look at it from a better perspective. If you don't, all this rendition becomes is a boring reference to ancient cities and Satan being annoying.

An interesting aspect to Paradise Regained is
Dec 18, 2015 Peter rated it it was ok
Jun 16, 2007 Andrew rated it liked it
Ok, after writing about it and thinking about it more, this book isn't really abysmal, it's kind of neat. Lots of sly touches, but I think my favorite thing about Milton is his portrayals of Satan. The way Paradise Regained almost intimidates the reader away from Jesus and tempts us to identfify with Satan through his frustration is a really brilliant unscoring of the whole idea of the book. The struggle, the heart of the book, is "Above heroic, though in secret done."
Brilliant! Close second to Paradise Lost

I was skeptical that Milton could continue in the same quality, and the beginning was slow. He continues to develop the character of Satan, as in PL, but the Son of God triumphs decisively with authority, piety, and clarity.

I was surprised that the "undoing" or reversal of PL was not the resurrection. But PR makes so much sense. It speaks directly to Romans 5, where Paul writes "For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinner
Dec 20, 2014 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, religion, british
Paradise Lost: The Sequel is a disappointment to fans of the original as the uninspired Son of Man takes center stage from our anti-hero Satan.
Mahmoud Haggui
Dec 08, 2015 Mahmoud Haggui rated it liked it
actually, Not epic just like Paradise Lost, though it has the same theme, the same idea and the same language!
Mohammed Al-Garawi
Mar 10, 2014 Mohammed Al-Garawi rated it it was ok
Although Paradise Regained and its prequel Paradise Lost share the same theological themes, this one is far less magnificent and requires more knowledge of the Christian religion and history, as it references many stories and the bible.

This poem is the opposite of the its predecessor in every sense. It narrates the temptation of the Christ in the wilderness and his debate with the devil, and how he regained paradise after Adam and Eve lost it. My low rating doesn't reflect the quality of this ep
David Mccracken
Jun 18, 2015 David Mccracken rated it really liked it
Easy to agree with the general consensus that Paradise Regained is not as good or interesting as Paradise Lost. The key element that is missing, of course, is Adam and Eve, humans capable of being seduced by Satan. There is some interesting theology in the discussions between Satan and Christ, especially regarding the interaction of classical knowledge, secular power, and the church, but there really isn't a story. There is never any sign that Milton, Satan, or Christ believe the story will end ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Enjoyed Milton's second book much more than Paradise Lost (which was long and confusing to me). Loved the drama and imagination in it through the use of simple but engaging prose. Being shorter, the book's main point was much easier to get across for a poetry beginner like me.

But above all, I loved that Paradise Regained is actually about Jesus' temptation in the desert and how by victoriously resisting Satan, the Great Reversal began. Foreshadowing the cross, this book is about how Christ rega
Erik Moore
Sep 14, 2013 Erik Moore rated it really liked it
Enjoyed Paradise regained, by John Milton. I realize not all interpret his work the way I do. But in light of his Areopagitica, I enjoyed very much his approach to the temptation of the character Jesus in the stories attributed to Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Milton frames the tale at each pass with language that would make Jesus overwhelmingly win in his arguments with Satan. But as we read the actual discourse, Satan seems to be the rational one. At one point as Jesus starts talking about Hellenis ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it
It was so weird to read a long Biblical poem by Milton that ISN'T Paradise Lost. Wow. I have so many mixed emotions, but the fact that he chose the temptation of Christ in the wilderness as the place for paradise to be regained was really interesting. This gets way political and I appreciated that on some level too, and I definitely loved the rhetoric-packed dialogue, but I do miss the length, hundred-line metaphorical descriptions of Eden and hell and heaven and all the rest.
Pier Graziano
Aug 26, 2014 Pier Graziano rated it it was amazing
Certainly it is not so impressive as Paradise lost. It is, although, a poem someway more intimate and shy. It is a quite short book and it looks as almost unfinished. Anyway, reading it, I had the strange feeling to be at the side of the blind John, dictating his book, aware of his approaching end.
Finally I did perhaps not appreciate it so much as the masterpiece Paradise lost, but, in some way,I loved it even more.
May 01, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic, fantasy
This book is always going to suffer in comparison to it's bigger earlier Brother but in fairness there is still lots to like.
This is a much shorter piece than Paradise lost and also easier to read...maybe as it moves the action from the old testament to the new and the Mythology is maybe lesser within that book.
In terms of books I almost think this has a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings type thing going...not in style but inasmuch as the Hobbit is a good book but less epic than Lord of the Rings and thi
Lynnee Luecken
Interestingly different from Paradise Lost, this epic poem is based as a debate between Jesus and Satan. As Jesus is basically a divine incarnate, he does not err; he is the perfect human, so I thought it was not as interesting, as imperfection brings complications. Jesus brings redemption to mankind from Adam and Eve's mistake by simply resisting Satan's temptations, not because he is crucified. Also, Satan is never sent down to Hell at the end of this book, which I was expecting, so I didn't g ...more
Eetu Kirsi
Jan 18, 2015 Eetu Kirsi rated it really liked it
This "companion" poem to Milton's magnum opus was way better than what I expected based on the reviews. Dialogue between the Temptor and Son was so intense that what the poem lacked in grandure it gained in intimacy. I would say that the Paradise Regained is a must read after the Paradise Lost.

Themes: Values, glory and hierarchy
Dustin Simmons
Aug 05, 2015 Dustin Simmons rated it really liked it
I thought this was a really cool sequel (ok, not really a sequel) to Paradise Lost. Milton recreates the baptism and temptation of Jesus. Satan isn't as heroic as he is in Paradise Lost, but Jesus' responses to the Tempter are powerful and beautiful. Only 4 books, it's much shorter than Paradise Lost.
Sep 28, 2014 James rated it liked it
Not as thick as Paradise Lost, and much less to ponder. The most interesting bit is Milton's clear comparison of Christ's temptation in the wilderness to that of Adam and Eve in the garden. Sort of an unworthy sequel, and yet...
Jan 05, 2015 Lindsey rated it liked it
Not as epic as Paradise Lost, but still very good. The setting is Jesus being tempted on the mountain by Satan. It's been a couple years since I've read it, but it was an interesting, theological-thought provoking read.
Apr 27, 2014 Matt rated it liked it
Really, Book IV salvages the literary mistakes of books I-III, but it isn't going to change your opinion of Milton. If you like him, you'll like this. If not, you won't. I give it a resoundingly apathetic sigh.
Frank O'donnell
Jul 19, 2014 Frank O'donnell rated it really liked it
The sequel to Paradise Lost, depicting Jesus' temptation in the desert. While equal to Paradise Lost in its imagery and narrative power, its brevity makes you wish Milton had had time to produce a full life of Jesus.
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John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) 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.

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