Paradise Lost (Dover Giant Thrift Editions Series)

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Milton's great 17th-century epic draws upon Bible stories and classical mythology to explore the meaning of existence, as understood by people of the Western world. Its roots lie in the Genesis account of the world’s creation and the first humans; its focus is a poetic interpretation "Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit / Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste / Brought death into the world, and all our woe / With loss of Eden."
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Overview


Milton's great 17th-century epic draws upon Bible stories and classical mythology to explore the meaning of existence, as understood by people of the Western world. Its roots lie in the Genesis account of the world’s creation and the first humans; its focus is a poetic interpretation "Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit / Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste / Brought death into the world, and all our woe / With loss of Eden."
In sublime poetry of extraordinary beauty, Milton's poem references tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeneid. But one need not be a classical scholar to appreciate Paradise Lost. In addition to its imaginative use of language, the poem features a powerful and sympathetic portrait of Lucifer, the rebel angel who frequently outshines his moral superiors. With Milton's deft use of irony, the devil makes evil appear good, just as satanic practices may seem attractive at first glance.
Paradise Lost has exercised enormous influence on generations of artists and their works, ranging from the Romantic poets William Blake and Percy Bysshe Shelley to Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486442877
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 206,403
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
General Editors' Preface
Introduction 1
1 Paradise Lost and the English Revolution 15
2 The Protestant Epic and the Spirit of Capitalism 28
3 Religion and Ideology: A Political Reading of Paradise Lost 47
4 Milton's Bogey: Patriarchal Poetry and Women Readers 58
5 'Rational Burning': Milton on Sex and Marriage 67
6 The Genesis of Gendered Subjectivity in Paradise Lost 88
7 Paradise Lost and the Primal Scene 102
8 Adam and his 'Other Self' in Paradise Lost: A Lacanian Study in Psychic Development 117
9 Paradise Lost: Ideology, Phantasy and Contradiction 136
10 Adam on the Grass with Balsamum 145
11 Paradise Lost as Master-Narrative 160
12 Freedom, Service, and the Trade in Slaves: The Problem of Labour in Paradise Lost 170
Further Reading 195
Notes on Contributors 199
Index 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    Superb!!!

    Paradise Lost and The Canterbury Tales are the most super writings I have ever had the pleasure to read!!! I reccomend them both!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    Milton's endless perdition of nothing

    If you have insomnia, or would like to hear a crazy and bored evangelical maniac's carp version of the fall of man, by all means buy this book. If you wish the bible was more wordy and full of endless descriptions of nothing this book is for you. If you are a normal person and have absolutly no trouble sleeping avoid this garbage. If you're looking for a good book along these lines that won't bore you to tears, try Dante's Inferno. Al least he writes something that's interesting and at times amusing.

    2 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    This is the one you're looking for...

    Great formatting. Great navigation. And those awesome Gustave Dore illustrations. Only 99¿

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Bad formatting

    This ebook was very poorly formatted. The first letters of most lines in the poem were missing. Needless to say, it rendered the text very difficult to read. But what can you expect for 99 cents?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    I like it, i love it

    Why are all of the classics free?

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