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A Preface to Paradise Lost by C.S. Lewis
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Apr 11, 12

bookshelves: school-reading, literary-criticism, worthwhile
Read in July, 2011

C.S. Lewis's A Preface to Paradise Lost is a great introduction to Paradise Lost. In the first half, Lewis explains the epic form and the importance of reading Paradise Lost from the perspective of those Milton was writing to, the people of his age. He then explains different aspects of Paradise Lost (such as Satan, angels, hierarchy) as they were likely understood in Milton's time.
I found this book to be helpful preparation to reading and enjoying Paradise Lost. There are also some sections that are interesting in their own right. In chapter 8, Lewis outlines some of the problems he sees with society. In chapter 10 he summarizes Augustine's view of man's fall (points 1-4 are especially well explained). And chapter 11, on hierarchy, presents that idea as an important aspect for society and is worthy of deeper contemplation. These sections would be worth reading again.
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