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Paradise Lost by John Milton (Original Version by Maran State Books)
     

Paradise Lost by John Milton (Original Version by Maran State Books)

by John Milton
 

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Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books; a second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve books (in the manner of the division of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification. The poem concerns the Judeo-Christian story of the

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Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books; a second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve books (in the manner of the division of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification. The poem concerns the Judeo-Christian story of the Fall of Man; the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton's purpose, stated in Book I, is "justify the ways of God to men" and elucidate the conflict between God's eternal foresight and free will.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013717237
Publisher:
Maran State Books
Publication date:
01/04/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
549 KB

Meet the Author

John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674) was an English
poet, prose polemicist, and civil servant for the English
Commonwealth. Most famed for his epic poem Paradise Lost, Milton is
celebrated as well for his eloquent treatise condemning censorship,
Areopagitica. Long considered the supreme English poet, Milton
experienced a dip in popularity after attacks by T.S. Eliot and
F.R. Leavis in the mid 20th century; but with multiple societies
and scholarly journals devoted to his study, Milton’s reputation
remains as strong as ever in the 21st century. Very soon after his
death – and continuing to the present day – Milton became the
subject of partisan biographies, confirming T.S. Eliot’s belief
that “of no other poet is it so difficult to consider the poetry
simply as poetry, without our theological and political
dispositions…making unlawful entry.” Milton’s radical, republican
politics and heretical religious views, coupled with the perceived
artificiality of his complicated Latinate verse, alienated Eliot
and other readers; yet by dint of the overriding influence of his
poetry and personality on subsequent generations—particularly the
Romantic movement—the man whom Samuel Johnson disparaged as “an
acrimonious and surly republican” must be counted one of the most
significant writers and thinkers of all time.

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