Paradise Lost, a New Edition: A Poem in 12 Books (Paradise #1)
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 -...more
after actually reading the book for a...more
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...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
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...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
In fact, most of Paradise Lost has become tacitly accepted into the Christian mythos, even if most Christians do not recogni...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
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...more
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
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
- 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
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 th...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
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
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
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
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
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.
2014. Did I really miss reading this last year? I read a...more
I will not dive into all the details, but in short: it's a re-telling of the story of Adam and Eve; the original sin and, well, the loss of paradise. Milton added some scenes, some dialog for...more
النسخة العربية ربما لا تتجاوز 22 جنيها مصريا على ما أذكر
I suppose there is a logical evolutionary explanation for why this theme is such a prominent part of human...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
the explanations are so nicely accessible that the reader can easily notice th...more
We have also a contestant for the most inspiring poem ever!
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Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and...more