Paradise Lost (Paradise #1)
In Paradise Lost, Milton produced 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 i...more
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No one ever asks that about Iago, though, to whom I think Milton's Satan owes a debt. No one asks whether Shakespeare screwed up in making Iago so much fun; they just give him credit for, y'know, writing an awesome villain. And that's all Milton's doing. Satan is tempting for us because Satan is tempting for us. That's the point...more
My professor had done his PhD work on Milton and taught with a contagious passion. So much passion that I decided, after the discussion was over, to buy the whole book. During our five day Fall break in my sophomore year I sat on the front lawn of my college and read Paradise Lost. Nonstop, getting up for...more
- I had such a strange dream.
- Was it scary? You were talking in your sleep.
- Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer were making a movie of Paradise Lost.
- OK, that's scary.
The rest of this review is in my book What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
و روعه المقدمه الطويله الزاخره كانها كتاب منفصل من روعها
الفردوس المفقود هى قصيده مطوله للرائع جون ميلتون عن نشأه الخلق بادم و حواء و النزول من الجنه الى الارض..مع اسقاطات عن حال الانسان المعاصر
الكتاب يتخطى الالف صفحة فى يسر بكثير من الشرح و الحواشى لصعوبة الابيات و نقلها للعربيه
فى نسخه مكتبه الاسره مقدمه طويله ممتعه عن الكاتب و ظروف عصره مذيلا بكتاب اخر لجون ميلتون
The story lying at the heart of Paradise Lost was one I really wanted to read. I’ve heard many times that Satan is portrayed as the sympathetic figure, that he’s honest about the absurdity of rebellion against the ultimate power of God yet still so resentful at being created as a servant that he is steadfast to his doom.
Some of the subplots here have become recurrent and mythic elements in literature ever since. I knew, for example, th...more
Had I read this book with the perspective of a student, or perhaps even as a potential instructor, I suspect my view of the twelve-book poem would have been far more favorable. As it was, I did not. Rather I read it as myself, a person who is rather sarcastic and critical of most things, but especially continuity errors.
I found myself stumb...more
ولد ميلتون عام 1608 في لندن وكان أبوه أول من تمرد في أسرته على الكاثوليكية، وعلى إثر ذلك حرمه أبوه من الميراث مما اضطره إلى العمل حتى يكسب الرزق، فعمل كاتبًا عموميًا في لندن ينسخ المخطوطات والوثائق والمستندات. ولكنه سرعان ما عزف عن هذا العمل واحترف الموسيقى وتأليف الأغاني، ولا شك أن الموسيقى هيأت لجون الصغير مناخـًا مواتيًا لتفتح مواهبه فأولع بالموسيقى وهو صغير، وانكب على الدرس والاطلاع منذ نعومة أظافره ويقول عن ذلك:-
"نذرني والدي للأدب منذ طفولتي، وقد كانت لدي شهية بالغة...more
THE PROBLEM SOLVED
On a few previous occasions I’ve begun the poem, only to give up at best, after a couple of the twelve books. The reason being that I’d get to the end of a page of wonderful sound and rhythms, think “What have I just read?”, only to realise that while I’d read the words, I’d not taken any meaning from them. Reading it was like taking a mental slide across a sheet of ice.
First time it happen...more
چاپ دوم کتاب که به نظم و قافیه در آن بیشتر توجه شده بود در دوازده بخش (به روش تقسیم بندی آئنید اثر ویرژیل) با بازنگری کلی و در سال 1674 منتشر شد. بخش عمدهٔ این اثر زمانی نوشته شده که میلتون بینایی خویش را از دست داده بوده است و این حماسه را برای نویسندگان بازخوانی کرده است.
این حماسه روایت مسیحی ست از سقوط انسان: وسوسهٔ آدم و...more
Paradise Lost is a poetic exegesis of the first three chapters of the book of Genesis. In it, Milton recounts the story of the two falls that marred the beauty of God's creation. First, the fall of Satan and his demons. Second the fall of Adam and Eve from sinless perfection. Wo...more
I would have given this 5 stars for artistic content and it's ability to provoke thought, but it is in archaic language, so unfair as that is I dropped one star as it makes it a little more difficult for the modern reader (listener). Still this is a timeless poem/story and listening to it for yourself can clear up some misconceptions that have come to commonly accepted/
For example, Satan's statement "it's better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven" has come to be thought of...more
النسخة العربية ربما لا تتجاوز 22 جنيها مصريا على ما أذكر
It's 2012 now, and I am reading it again, this time to compare Milton to Dante.
The biggest difference I have come away with this time is one of temperature: Dante is all heat and emotion, whereas Milton is a man of cool logic. Which do I like better? Both.
the explanations are so nicely accessible that the reader can easily notice th...more
I wasn't taking the class seriously and after the second week the Prof. said she wanted to speak with me after class. She informed me that I wasn't taking the class seriously and that I could do better than that. I was stun...more
بعد أكثر من ثلاثين يوما أجلس الآن أمام جودريدز وبجانبى هذه الملحمة ,التى ينوء عن حملها أولي العصبة من الرجال, وقد انتهيت منها بعدما انتهت منى..
دعونى ,عذرا, أذرف بعض الدموع لتلك اللحظة التاريخية ........
أذكر تلك الليلة التى ذهبت فيها لعم طلعت (الراعى الرسمى لمتسولى الكتب بالزقازيق) فلمحت من بعيد شبحا يقبع بجواره يزيد طوله عن طول عم طلعت بعدة أمتار, فهرولت إليه لأنقذه ,كعادتى البطولية, فوجدت عم طلعت كعادته بيشيش ويسمع العاشرة مساءا. فتوقفت ونظرت إلى هذا الشبح فوجدته خمس كتب من ال...more
As far as I noticed, the Holy Spirit does not appear in Paradise Lost. When the Persons of the Trinity appear, it is only God the Father and God the Son. The reason for that is obvious enough to Bible readers: the more mysterious nature of the Holy Spirit. It is simply impossible to depict the Holy Spirit as a character in a literary work, because unlike with the Father or the Son, the Bible does not give us the kind of information needed to form a literary characterizat...more
As I read this book I was completely
shocked. I never imagined hell this way. I never imagined satan this way! In a way, he kind o...more
[A projection room somewhere in Hollywood. Two middle-aged men are looking at a screen, currently empty:]
JERRY BRUCKHEIMER: [for it is he:] Okay Mike, now you've been playing this pretty close to your chest. Show me what you've got.
MICHAEL BAY: I'd love to.
[The film starts. We see the Garden of Eden. Nothing much is happening. The camera pans around and finally looks at some pretty KUROSAWA-inspired clouds. On the voiceover, ANTHONY HOPKINS, as the Narrator, is reading...more
"Paradise Lost" is what epic poetry is meant to be. It's influenced our society more than most people realize. It was Milton who first characterized the "Forbidden Fruit" as an apple; who first coined the term "All Hell broke loose"--when the demons are wreaking havoc in Pandemonium, and my favorite, when he says that Adam is "stupidly...more
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