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Paradise Lost and Other Poems

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  629 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
These three major works by the seventeenth-century English poet show why Milton takes his place beside Shakespeare, Dante, Homer, and Vergil. They ring with the unmistakable clarity of genius, with majesty of language, splendor and wealth of detail, and with the deep conviction of a powerful mind. Milton's masterpieces reflect the light of a many-faceted tradition; the int ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 1961 by Signet (first published January 1st 1942)
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J.G. Keely
Jul 03, 2010 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
Any lover of epic poetry, and the likes of Hesiod, Homer, Virgil,and Dante, will certainly enjoy Paradise Lost, Milton's contribution to the western poetic canon. Seeking nothing less than to justify the ways of God to man, Milton recounts in verse the rebellion of Satan and his angels, their subsequent expulsion from heaven (courtesy of the Son of God), and Satan's vengeance against God in the form of his moral poisoning of God's newest and most favored creation - mankind.

I loved much of the i
Chris Brimmer
Oct 28, 2013 Chris Brimmer rated it really liked it
A good edition and well annotated. This is one of the foundations of both English literature and the modern English language. If read in context of British culture and politics of the time, one can gain some deep insight into the transition of England from a Catholic medieval society into a Protestant enlightenment one. Paradise Lost is a work by yet another dead white guy that you should none the less be required to read.
Jun 15, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
Although I'm not into spirituality, the writing is absolutely elegant and superb. One of the strongest products of literature I've ever seen. Every line, despite being only a handful of words, evokes such rich and deep imagery I need to force myself to slow down so I can enjoy the deep immersion.
Oct 23, 2008 Hundeschlitten rated it really liked it
I was persuing this last winter, and Paradise Lost remains as mind-expanding as ever, action packed, with possibly the richest prose in the English language.
Sam :)
Apr 07, 2016 Sam :) rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

"Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven." (1.263)

John Milton has set himself to the impossible task of writing the first classic epic poem in the English language. He is determined to justify the ways of God to man, demote the monarchy, and discredit the Christian Church. Using the poetic writing style of English Heroic Verse (without rhyme), Milton will attempt to characterize God (!!!), make Satan, the epitome of evil, his epic hero, tell the story of a war in Heaven, d
Bret James Stewart
Aug 14, 2015 Bret James Stewart rated it it was amazing
The works of Milton are one of those things I had always wanted to read yet never seemed to get around to. I have no idea how I made it through high school without reading more than excerpts, but that is what happened. I remember one of my friends reading Paradise Lost, and he was in the gifted class, so maybe those of us who were less gifted got the shaft. In any case, as it is with any major poet, oceans of ink have been spilled upon the man and his works. There is nothing meaningful I can add ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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Apr 18, 2010 ElSeven rated it it was amazing
Note that this is only a review of Paradise Lost. Lycidas and Samson Agonistes are also included in this volume. They are both great in their own right, but fall beyond the scope of this review.

Paradise Lost is truely, truely great, and anything that I could say in this review would only do it an injustice.

The Language is daunting, yes. It's stilted, latinate English that would have sounded overblown when it was written, but my word. I can excuse all that and more in this, because it's the lang
Robert Swem
May 28, 2014 Robert Swem rated it it was amazing
Much of our "mythology" that people erroneously believe is in the Bible comes from this masterwork.
Jul 07, 2010 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001, 10, in-my-kobo
Satan I get you. You feel you were treated unfairly. But instead of communicating those feelings to the group, you went ahead and started a war, got yourself kicked out of heaven, disfigured and now your stuck in hell.
So the big G decided to have a few pets (Adam, Eve etc.)
No big deal! You had a good thing going.
But NOooo! you had to go get all jealous and outspoken. Now what? War? Really? Do you really think you have a chance... in hell?
*Authors note: LMAO :)
Nope, you know you don't
Apr 10, 2016 Jules rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, poetry, epic-poetry
Paradise Lost may have its stakes as the greatest poem written in the English language, but it pales in comparison to Virgil, Homer and Dante. Milton's attempt to emulate the elevated Latin and Greek style (syntactically) only makes his verse sound pompous and arrogant. The only character that entices the dormant imagination is the Byronic Satan who exudes charisma and rebellious charm.
Apr 04, 2008 Darren is currently reading it
This book has an interesting perspective on the devil. There is a line in there that I thought was particularly masterful:

"The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n."

I haven't got the hang of the rhyme yet, but the words are majestic and broad (albeit a little difficult to decipher in its entirety). I'm looking forward to finishing it.
Sep 07, 2009 Tucker rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
This poem has a reassuring, dreammlike meter and beautiful imagery. I'm pondering how Adam and Eve both wanted to know God, but took different approaches: Adam wanted to know God through philosophical or worshipful methods, while Eve took the shortcut of eating from the Tree of Knowledge. Where's the sin, Eve asked?
Jun 09, 2010 Robin rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
While his use of language and creating an interesting story can be looked upon with praise, his portrayal of Eve is nothing short of appalling. I realize it would be impossible for someone not in the 20th century to portray 20th century ideals, but still. It's appalling.
Paul Franco
Nov 24, 2010 Paul Franco rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A few months ago I was taking the funicular in downtown El Lay and saw the sign that called it "Angel's Flight," but I read it wrong, thinking "Angels Fight." I thought, what a cool idea for a story!

Then I remembered Paradise Lost. Never mind!
Feb 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I am only part way through, but just the descriptions of the generation of Sin and Death are worth reading the book. The language that Milton uses is beautifully precise, although it does not always create beautiful pictures.
Jul 01, 2007 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A book worth rereading frequently. Its interesting to ponder how the depiction of the prince of darkness by a deeply religious man reads like a modern hero. This Satan has balls, a ethics.
Mar 07, 2007 ElizaBeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be fair, I would have enjoyed this more if it weren't taught to me by a drab, sickly old man who smelled of cheap pipe tobacco and puncutated every sentence with a chest-rattling hack.
Dec 08, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
One of the most dense books I've ever read. It was difficult to read, but it wasn't a terrible book.
Oct 19, 2008 Sandy rated it really liked it
It's a hard read but once you learn the language...the book is freakin' hilarious and moving.
Asa Merritt
Dec 16, 2007 Asa Merritt rated it liked it
Fantastical. Audacious. Milton linked his piety with his imagination to great success...
Jul 11, 2012 Bhumi added it
it is very nice book & also give knowledge about metapysics & teology...................
The very end is just as good as the very beginning.
Jul 15, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Valerie by: Dad
Such a sympathetic main character.
Really Horrible..........
Jun 25, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
Turly an epic, that's for sure. Milton's language is poetry at its best--sweeping, dramatic, and fully of beauty and substance. I'm not a religious person, but I can say that I've been to sunday school and mass, and this book was a much more entertaining way to read about god.
Oct 19, 2008 Mr. rated it it was amazing
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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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“And now without redemption all mankind
Must have been lost, adjudged to death and hell
By doom severe, had not the Son of God,
In whom the fullness dwells of love divine,
His dearest mediation thus renewed.
'Father, Thy word is passed, man shall find grace;
And shall grace not find means, that finds her way,
The speediest of Thy winged messengers,
To visit all Thy creatures, and to all
Comes unprevented, unimplored, unsought,
Happy for man, so coming; he her aid
Can never seek, once dead in sins and lost;
Atonement for himself or offering meet,
Indebted and undone, hath none to bring:
Behold Me then, Me for him, life for life
I offer, on Me let Thine anger fall;
Account Me man; I for his sake will leave
Thy bosom, and this glory next to Thee
Freely put off, and for him lastly die
Well pleased, on Me let death wreak all his rage;
Under his gloomy power I shall not long
Lie vanquished; Thou hast given Me to possess
Life in Myself forever, by Thee I live,
Though now to death I yield, and am his due
All that of Me can die, yet that debt paid,
Thou wilt not leave Me in the loathsome grave
His prey, nor suffer My unspotted soul
Forever with corruption there to dwell;
But I shall rise victorious, and subdue
My vanquisher, spoiled of his vaunted spoil;
Death his death's wound shall then receive, and stoop
Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarmed.”
“Doth God exact day-labor, light denied,'
I fondly ask; but patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, 'God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts, who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best, his state
Is kingly. Thousands at His bidding speed
And post o'er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.'
~Sonnet 19: On His Blindness (1655)~”
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