This volume offers an accessible and stimulating introduction to one of the most influential texts of western literature. This guide highlights Milton's imaginative daring as he boldly revises the epic tradition, brilliantly elaborates upon Genesis, and shapes his ambitious narrative in order to retell the story of the Fall. The book considers the heretical dimensions of Paradise Lost and its theology, while situating Milton's great poem in its literary, religious, and political contexts. A concluding chapter addresses the influence of Milton's sublime poem as a source of creative inspiration for later writers, from the Restoration to the Romantics. Finally, the volume offers an extremely useful and updated guide to further reading, which students will find invaluable.
Designed for students new to Milton's work, this sourcebook outlines the 17th-century contexts, examines a range of responses to the poem, reprints frequently studied passages of the poem and suggests further reading.
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 ranges across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth - as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God. At the centre of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love. Milton's influence has been felt by many writers since, none more so in recent times than the novelist Philip Pullman. His acclaimed trilogy His Dark Materials takes it title from a line in the poem, and the worlds he created for Lyra and Will have entranced readers across generations. His introduction to the poem is a tribute that is both personal and full of insight; his enthusiasm for Milton's language, his skill, and his supreme gifts as a storyteller is infectious and instructive. He encourages readers above all to experience the poem for themselves, and surrender to its enchantment.
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Paradise Lost is for many the greatest poem written in English. Composed late in the author's life, it deals with nothing less than the destiny of mankind. This essential introductory guide: • leads the reader into the epic poem through detailed analysis of key extracts, exploring Milton's original thought and style • provides useful sections on 'Methods of Analysis' and 'Further Work' to aid independent study • offers valuable information on Milton's life, times and literary legacy • examines the development of critical opinion and discusses some recent critical views of the poem. John Milton: Paradise Lost is ideal for anyone who is studying this complex and beautiful work for the first time. It will enable you to approach your own critical analysis of the poem with confidence.
In This First Book Of Paradise Lost Milton S Epic Rendition Of The Fall Of Man. Satan Appears Both Terrifying And Pitiable, Sharing Human Frailties And Emotions, Thus Leaving No Easy Choice Between Good And Evil. This Edition Places The First Book Within The Context Of The Rest Of The Epic Facilitating A More Holistic Understanding.