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.
First published in 1667, Paradise Lost ranks among the greatest of English literature's epic poems. It's a sublime retelling of Adam and Eve's fall from grace and expulsion from Eden. Notes by John A. Himes.
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.
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.
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.