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"Paradise Lost" has been justifiably called the greatest English epic poem. Milton takes us immediately into the action of the tale, gliding over what we all know from the Bible, developing the story's background as he goes. We learn how Satan came to be in Hell after the war in heaven, see warfare and the ambitions of the angels -- come to know God's wisdom, power, and Hi ...more
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Published February 1st 1968 by Signet Classics (first published 1667)
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Meg
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
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Alex
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
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Patrick Oden
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
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Rakhi Dalal
“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
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Jason Koivu
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
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Keely
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
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Manny
(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
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Clint
Jun 19, 2007 Clint rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Brandon Pearce
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
Incendiaryrose
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
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Jonathan

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
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Jordan
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
Manny
(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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Richard
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
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Brian Robbins
By reading “Paradise Lost” I at last solved a problem for myself, but created a new one.

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
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David
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 th
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Rlotz
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
Carmo Santos
Quando Deus convocou as suas legiões de anjos para lhes apresentar o seu Filho e lhes comunicar que a Ele deviam obediência como a si próprio, Satanás - criado querubim e agora um anjo na posição mais alta e com grandes aspirações - sentiu a primeira aguilhoada da inveja e o primeiro impulso de revolta.

Chamou a si as legiões de anjos que comandava e, em feroz campanha, iludiu-os com a promessa da posse do Reino dos Céus.
Após violenta batalha, foram derrotados por Deus e pelas Hostes Celestiais,
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Michael
In the beginning, there was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. Some time after that, there was John Milton. He took the written word, already beautiful in itself, and set it to the music of verse.

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
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Ketabna /كتابُنا
الفردوس المفقود
جون ميلتون
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
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Madeline
"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
In
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AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator
An epic poem in blank verse. Yes, it's a theodicy. A failed one, but a really good effort. It was surprisingly readable. Maybe because the Latin sentence structure doesn't bother me, since in Polish parts of speech can freely move around within a sentence. And there's an awesome audiobook I've found. So much fun!

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 dialo
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Phillip
I have read this book at least 10 times. Oh, I've read it more times than that. I was introduced to "Paradise Lost" by the professor of my Sophomore level poetry class that I took during my Senior year as an undergraduate in order to take care of a requirement for graduation.

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
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Mohamed Elshawaf
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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 ........
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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
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matt
I'm surprised I haven't written about this one yet. I read it earlier this year and I was totally spellbound. I'd glanced at it a couple times before, read a little bit about Milton's inversions of syntax within the narrative ("thus the orb he roamed..." yes !) and of course heard about Milton's fanboys, who consisted of about half of the great English Romantic poets and writers who have always been a major touchstone for me. Always thought I'd give it a try.

One day in the bookstore I picked up
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Jeremy
Man, Milton is just nuts. He doesn't synthesize as much as he subsumes entire civilizations worth of symbols, motifs and allegories into his own extended riff on the first four books of genesis. He throws together images from greco-roman antiquity, paganism, medieval European mysticism, etc, and churns out this impossibly rich, chthonic view of the divine world that only Dante could keep up with. And unlike Dante, this just hammers you into the ground on each page with sensory and historical ove ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Unabridged audio.

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
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Laurel Hicks
Surely one of the greatest books of all time! It's worth reading at least once a year. This year (2008) was Milton's 400th. Now it's 2011. I've read it every year for the past four years.

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
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Hadrian
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.
عاطف عثمان
عادة ما أقرأ النصين الإنجليزي والعربي سطرا بسطر .. يعجبني مجهود دكتور عناني جدا ... أحد الأسباب التي تجعلني لا أنتهي من قراءتها أنني دائما ما أبدأ قراءتها من الصفحة الأولي في كل مرة لفرط إعجابي.

النسخة العربية ربما لا تتجاوز 22 جنيها مصريا على ما أذكر
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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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