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Preview — Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained (Paradise #1-2)
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
"Some natural tears they dropp'd, but wip'd them soon;
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand with wand'ring steps and slow
Through Eden took their solitary way." - Book XII Lines 645-649
I know what this book is usually based around a ...more
Milton's work is really, really good. It has epic gun battles between angels and demons, and titanic expressions of sheer will. Most remarkable, though, is Satan's character as a rebel hero. Milton's reliance on the apocrypha and the treasure trove of literary stories as his source material do h ...more
After a fall from grace's ambitious cup of challenging King Charles's Puritanical subjugation, his latter years led to a painful journey back with Paradise ...more
I started listening to the audible version because my son wanted to read some of the "Great Books". I decided that I didn't want to get left out. I have no words to describe how Milton can make you see the beginning of the world and feel the struggles of the first people created (and much more).
I don't focus on each individual word but listen ...more
There may be some values dissonance here as well, some sources say this is a very Calvinist book, which is not as popular a view nowaparts.
One of the things that I think is so great about this poem, is that I'm not totally convinced that Milton had complete control over what he was doing. And I don't say that as an insult. Rather it's as if so many things were speaking through him gaining entrance into the poem.
One of these ideas that I think he plays with is t ...more
Review of Paradise Lost:
As annoying as epic poetry is, this book is a work of art and deserves a high rating. At times the reading level is a struggle to get through, ...more
The poem portrays the human predicament, vis-a-vis man and god and the question of faith in a medieval christian context.
The poem has been the subject of controversy amidst 19th and 20th century critics for its rather one-sided and chauvinistic depiction of Eve.
However, there's more to this book than mere controversy. It is a reward ...more
Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and ...more