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
Ok, now that that is out of my system, let me tell you: reading this epic poem with my book group at Goodreads has been one of the most frustrating literary experiences of my life. So when I say "screw you, PL" I only kind of mean PL. I also mean, insane book club people. I am never moderating a discussion on a theological anything, ever, ever, ever. Ugh.
Paradise Lost is a 17th century epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve and their expulsion...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.
It did not turn out to be something that was overwhelmingly outstanding. I would recommend it to a well read high school student interested in christian dogma. Its worth a read if you want to understand the circular reasoning of Calvinism and are having trouble with the notion of predestination alongside free will and how one could reason them both. I would caution anyone wanting to read this, to read the Bible first, that way you can...more
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
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
Personally, I liked the first parts the best, when it was really about God and his Angels, and the story about the uprise of Satan. Where Adam and Eve were concerned, it took some reminding of the time frame not to get too annoyed by the blatant sexism (Eve being only soft and nice and beautiful, but conseque...more
That said... Oww. My head hurts. The unfortunate nature of amazing prose, and wide vocabulary usage is that often times readers become simply weary. Attempting to interact in any long stints was enjoyable, but draining.
I do highly recommend this. Having the stories fleshed out is marvelous, even if fiction. It's well worth some sm...more
Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and...more