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‘Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n …’

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
Paperback, 453 pages
Published February 27th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published 1667)
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Alan Lindsay Certainly. The story itself is complete and coherent. Glosses and footnotes can be helpful or distracting. I'd read it once straight through without…moreCertainly. The story itself is complete and coherent. Glosses and footnotes can be helpful or distracting. I'd read it once straight through without any apparatus before worrying about what you might miss. (Christians with no knowledge of Greek mythology read this poem all the time without feeling as though they are missing anything. And virtually no one who reads the poem knows all the things Milton alludes to. But that's not an obstacle to enjoyment.) (less)
Markea El paraíso perdido es un poema épico en verso por el siglo 17 poeta Inglés John Milton. Por " verso libre " , me refiero a la poesía sin rima.

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Dec 04, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it
in middle school i had seen this book lying around the house and for some reason it struck me as very impressive. i didn't ever want to read it but i wanted to give off the impression that i was the type of person who would read it. i did this with a few other books too (catcher in the rye, on the road, ect.) i carried it to school so that teachers would see it in my possession and prominently displayed it on my bedside table to let friends and family know.

after actually reading the book for a
There's all this debate over why Satan is so appealing in Paradise Lost. Did Milton screw up? Is he being cynical, or a double-secret atheist? And why is God such a dick?

But no one asks whether, say, Shakespeare screwed up in making Iago so much fun; they just give him credit for 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 of Satan! If Milton didn't make him as appealing as possible, he'd be doing Satan a
Patrick Oden
Apr 18, 2007 Patrick Oden rated it it was amazing
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Portions of this book were assigned for my Brit Lit class. I read about half of the assigned portions. I was distracted at the time by various events in life and wasn't yet a very good student.

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
J.G. Keely
Aug 30, 2016 J.G. Keely rated it it was amazing
Milton wrote this while blind, and claimed it was the result of divine inspiration which visited him nightly. There are few texts that could reasonably be added into the Bible, and this is certainly one of them (the Divine Comedy is another). Paradise Lost outlines portions of the Bible which, thanks to its haphazard combination of mythic stories, are never fully explored.

In fact, most of Paradise Lost has become tacitly accepted into the Christian mythos, even if most Christians do not recogni
Rakhi Dalal
Feb 15, 2013 Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing
“What does the word ‘Paradise’ signifies to a human being?” Is it the state of blissfulness which one acknowledges in life owing to the absence of all fears as can be experienced in this dwelling place of ours? Or is it an actual place somewhere in heaven which is the ultimate goal that humans wish to achieve?

As a child, I had a profound belief in the idea of God and heaven too. Yes, and perhaps the reason I wished to believe in him was the fact that world seemed a beautiful place, a place where
Jason Koivu
Nov 20, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Who but a blind man could so vividly write of the darkness of Hell?

Paradise Lost is fire and passion. It is the pinnacle and the bottomless pit. It is the struggle for all that is good. It is the struggle within the evil of all evils.

In the mid-1600s John Milton, aging and gone blind, dictated his most famous work, Paradise Lost, an epic poem that harkens back to Homer and Virgil. It not only tells the so very well-known story of Adam and Eve, it also describes the downfall of Satan in dramatic
Feb 03, 2016 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

توجد بعض الأعمال التي يليق بها القداسة حتى ولو لم تكن من طرف الإله , وإلا لماذا أقسم الله في محكم آياته بما يسطر القلم فقال : (ن وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ) , فالله يعلم أن من البشر من سيسطر أعمال تستحق التخليد والتعظيم أكثر مما يستحق سواها .

للحق : حاولت مرارًا وتكرارًا أن أكتب شئ عن هذا العمل , أن أُخرج فيه ما يليق بعظمته و جلاله.
ولكن هناك من الأعمال من وُجدت لتسيطر على عقولنا وتأخذنا معها لعالم آخر , عالم لن نصله إلا عبر سحر خاص , سحر الكلمة وما أعظمه من سحر.
الملاحم يا سادة وُجدت لتسطر الت
(Joint review with JORDAN)

[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
Jul 29, 2016 Afshar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
از خود کتاب زیاد لذت نبردم ولی توضیحات مترجم در مورد اطلاعات تاریخی و مذهبی خوب بود. در نتیجه فقط یکی بحث های جالب کتاب را در اینجا می آورم

:مسئله غامض جبر و اختیار آدمی

جان میلتون در دفتر سوم می گوید: عقل اساس انتخاب است و خدا از اطاعت کورکوانه بندگانش و فقط در خدمت الزام، احساس خرسندی ندارد و بخاطر همین آفریدگان را آزاد آفریده است و علم لدنی خداوند هیچگونه اثری در گناهی که انسان ها خواهند کرد ندارد

اما مترجم در توضیحات چیز دیگری می گوید: معلوم نیست چطور انسان در ارتکاب گناهی اختیار دارد که خدا
Natalie Monroe
Fuck your misogyny. Fuck your scorning Greek gods as false gods, then using its mythology left and right as metaphors. Fuck your punishing the serpent when You knew it was possessed by Satan. Fuck—Ah, forget it.



شيطان بعد از سقوط سختى كه داشته، به هوش مياد و خودش رو در دره اى تاريك و موحش مى بينه. بدون اين كه خودش رو ببازه، سرشار از خشم و طعنه، به يكى از يارانش نهيب ميزنه كه خودش رو جمع و جور كنه. بعد بالاى كوهى ميره و قلمروى دوزخ كه بهش تبعيد شده رو نگاه مى كنه، با تمام سربازانش كه هر كدوم يه جا افتادن. سپاهيان نوميد و شكست خورده رو احضار مى كنه، و با اقتدار فرياد مى زنه: ما شكست نخورديم، ما در حقيقت پيروز شديم! چون نشون داديم پايه هاى سلطنت خدا اون قدرها هم تزلزل ناپذير نيست، و اگه كمى بيشتر تلاش
Liz Janet
Jan 05, 2017 Liz Janet rated it it was amazing
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“This having learnt, thou hast attained the summe
Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the Starrs
Thou knewst by name, and all th’ ethereal Powers,
All secrets of the deep, all Natures works,
Or works of God in Heav’n, Air, Earth, or Sea,
And all the riches of this World enjoydst,
And all the rule, one Empire; onely add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add Faith,
Add Vertue, Patience, Temperance, add Love,
By name to come call’d Charitie, the soul
Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be lo
Jun 19, 2007 Clint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like reading about the devil
Let's face it, John Milton was a closet devil-worshiper. Satan here is presented so sympathetically it's hard to think otherwise. He has the best lines, and even his actions would be laudable by most Christian standards (excepting, of course, starting a war in heaven). He never gives up, he fights for what he believes in, he's really clever, and he even pities humans for having to be his tools to get back at God. The good angels come off as such sissies and are always really smug and self-satisf ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Incendiaryrose rated it it was ok
I hope no fan of Milton ever reads this review. And if you are a fan of Milton, go find one of many other reviews that will be a little better to your liking.

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
Brandon Pearce
May 21, 2008 Brandon Pearce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
WOW! I had never read Milton until I was forced to in my Chaucer/Shakespeare/Milton class and I was blown away! I absolutely loved this epic poem! Milton was the best educated man in England at this time. He spoke or read every European language and even dabbled in Algonquin. He was part of the Cromwell government and wrote a lot of political tracts that contain the roots of much of the political philosophy that is the foundation of our country. In a scathing political pamphlet called The Tenure ...more
Dec 17, 2016 Lyn rated it it was amazing
When I think of Milton's epic poem about Satan and his fall from grace, I most frequently think of two anecdotes apart from the actual work, brilliant and a foundation of modern literature as it is.

First, I recall the scene from Animal House, when Donald Sutherland begins a smarmy, condescendingly pretentious question to his class about Milton's intentions for introducing Satan as such an interesting character, punctuating the delivery with a crisp bite of his apple. As the bell rings and the cl
Huda Yahya
Jul 06, 2015 Huda Yahya rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
No Idea why this part gets me every damn time!

O, for that warning voice, which he, who saw
The Apocalypse, heard cry in Heaven aloud,
Then when the Dragon, put to second rout,
Came furious down to be revenged on men,
Woe to the inhabitants on earth! that now,
While time was, our first parents had been warned
The coming of their secret foe, and 'scaped,
Haply so 'scaped his mortal snare: For now
Satan, now first inflamed with rage, came down,
The tempter ere the accuser of mankind,
To wreak on in

Paradise Lost builds upon a tradition of epic poetry begun with the work of Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. I have held back from fully reviewing this work for a while but I feel that I can at least provide a decent review at this stage.

I first read Paradise Lost when one of my teachers recommended it during a devotional session at school. I knew nothing about the work prior to this mention, but being the dedicated reader that I am I knew any book recommended by a teacher as being for me woul
David Sarkies
Mar 21, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love English Lit
Recommended to David by: My English teacher
Shelves: christian
Milton's epic tale of the fall and redemption of humanity
18 September 2011

With the exception of Shakespeare this, I believe, is the greatest work of English Literature. Paradise Lost tells the story, in epic poetic form, of the fall of mankind as outlined in Genesis 1-3. While the story is constricted to the opening chapters of the Bible, the scope of the story itself is much wider and encompasses all of human history (at least up until the death and resurrection of Christ). In fact, it is the
This horror will grow mild, this darkness light.

I didn’t intially love this book, but I liked it. We had to read a few chapters for uni, and I remember wanting to read all of it, despite not understanding it particularly well. Something about it drew me in, so when it came time to pick books for our exam I picked this one along with three others. It was a chance to delve into it, to break it open and peer into the cracks, to reach a deeper understanding of it.

I don’t think I expected to love
Sep 06, 2009 Jordan rated it really liked it
I have wonder about how much Milton's marriage led to his portrayal of Eve. I have read that while he was writing, "Paradise Lost" he was going through a very turbulent divorce with his wife, and in a way was punishing her through Eve. I believe that you also can see the true love- hate relationship Milton must have had with his wife, through Eve. How Eve is responsible for the fall of man, yet he shows her as a loving person as well. I always got the feeling that he could never quite make up h ...more
(Joint review with JORDAN)

- George?

- Mm?

- 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.

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Nov 20, 2015 Richard rated it did not like it
I can imagine folks reading this and enjoying it. But not me.

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
Mar 07, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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La lucha entre Dios y Lucifer ("El que lleva la luz") explicada mucho mejor que en la mismísima Biblia. Milton terminó dictándole este libro a sus hijas ya ciego con una imaginería propia de los grandes genios de la literatura. Unos de mis preferidos.
Jul 05, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it
"Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,
Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
That shepherd, who first taught the chosen seed,
In the beginning how the heav'ns and earth
Rose out of Chaos, or if Sion hill
Delight thee more, and Siloa's brook that flowed
Fast by the oracle of God; I thence
Sep 22, 2011 Hadrian rated it it was amazing
A grand sprawling epic. I can't possibly say anything good about it that has not already been repeated.

I am fortunate enough to have a brand new edition with lots of annotations and references. Layers upon layers of allegory and myth and history and religion and fable. Deserves infinite rereadings.
Roy Lotz
In poetic genius, Milton is the only English poet who could seriously rival Shakespeare. As they both were from around the same time period, they use similar language; but in style and substance, the two are worlds apart. Shakespeare has his feet firmly planted in human affairs—he can find the whole universe in a conversation on a lazy afternoon. Milton is epic in scale, taking the reader from the pit of Hell, through unformed Chaos, past Earth, all the way up to Heaven. Shakespeare’s mind trave ...more
Brian Robbins
Sep 12, 2012 Brian Robbins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
By reading “Paradise Lost” I at last solved a problem for myself, but created a new one.

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
Jul 18, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, british
You're so vain, you probably don't know this poem's about you!

I didn't expect to see such a varied portrayal of vanity in this epic poem; but vanity is everywhere! Everyone is vain! Shout it from Mount Sinai!
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

I've always been a firm believer that there are not seven deadly sins, but rather one, with (at least) seven (but probably infinite) permutations. That said, I'm not a religious man, so this has always been sort of t
Samuel Johnson declared that Paradise Lost is "a poem …… which respect to design may claim the first place, and with respect to performance, the second, among the productions of the human mind ….." It is a poem about the rebellion in Heaven and the ejection of the fallen Angels; it is about the Garden of Eden, the deception of the snake, and the fall of Man. But it is much more than all these points, separately and as a whole. Just as Satan falls into the depths of the burning pit of Hell, Milto ...more
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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.

Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and
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