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Paradise Lost by John Milton
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When I was in undergrad, I actually wanted to be a Milton scholar... We won't get into why I changed tack here. "Lycidas" is still the most beautiful poem--Ever.

"Paradise Lost" is what epic poetry is meant to be. It's influenced our society more than most people realize. It was Milton who first characterized the "Forbidden Fruit" as an apple; who first coined the term "All Hell broke loose"--when the demons are wreaking havoc in Pandemonium, and my favorite, when he says that Adam is "stupidly good." Maybe that last one hasn't influenced our society, but Milton's characterizations of Adam and Eve have helped me personally in male/female relationships.
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