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Paradise Lost: Books 1-2

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Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle rages across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth -

Paperback, 160 pages
Published by Cambridge University Press (first published August 15th 1971)
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Sioned Raybould
Mar 07, 2015 Sioned Raybould rated it it was amazing
Read this in volume 1 of the Norton Anthology of English literature for next weeks tutorial. All I can say is: Book 2 - Satan sleeps with his daughter (sin) who then proceeds to give birth to their son (death.) Death rapes sin (his mother) and she gives birth to a pack of barking dogs which hang around her waist and move in and out of her vagina/womb, eating her insides.

This is going to be awkward..and confusing.

Amazing read. But I have to say, compared to Paradise Lost, Shakespeare is easy. A
Jan 10, 2015 Francesca rated it really liked it
Though I love the story, it takes a lot of concentration to read this story. I recommend reading this story out load or listening to an audio version, it is in the public domain, there are abridged versions out there which is a version I listened to, but if you want the full story do not listened to and abridged version.
Jul 01, 2012 Lizzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this epic poem. I don't think I could have read this without studying it in class because I'm sure I would have understood none of it. In close analysis the poem is interesting and I found Milton's use of similes and metaphors brilliant. As much as this text will haunt me because I had to remember quotes from it for my A2 exam, it was great.
Ioan Prydderch
Aug 06, 2011 Ioan Prydderch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing! I can't talk for the other 10 books that complete the poem but the first two are absolute quality. Learnt so much while studying this book about epic style and also about it's themes.
Soph Pearson
Aug 17, 2011 Soph Pearson rated it it was amazing
Stunning and absolutely unique reads. Should be studied -- not simply read.
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"words clothed in reason's garb".... amazing wording
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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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“The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. / What matter where, if I be still the same...” 28 likes
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