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Reading Paradise Lost

Reading Paradise Lost

by David Hopkins
     
 

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Casting a fresh perspective on the greatest long poem in English, David Hopkins guides the reader through the inspiring poetic landscape of Milton’s great epic Paradise Lost, a work of literature which has compelled and fascinated readers down the ages and which offers enduring insight into the human condition 

  • A welcome aesthetic

Overview

Casting a fresh perspective on the greatest long poem in English, David Hopkins guides the reader through the inspiring poetic landscape of Milton’s great epic Paradise Lost, a work of literature which has compelled and fascinated readers down the ages and which offers enduring insight into the human condition 

  • A welcome aesthetic focus on the poetic experience of reading Paradise Lost rather than its religious or political context
  • Provides a nuanced, unified vision of the poem from a celebrated authority on English poetry of the period
  • Includes consideration of the poem's earlier champions and critics
  • Passionately advocates Paradise Lost's continuing artistic and philosophical relevance

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Written in lucid, unpretentious prose, (Reading Paradise Lost) has ... the character of a first-rate lecture. It opens an uncluttered path into 'the distinctive imagined world' of Paradise Lost and is a guide to understanding it as a long narrative poem. There is a place for such a book in Milton studies, specifically for students coming to the poem for the first time, before they move on to the large handbooks. The championing of the early critics gives the book a distinctive edge and the original and persuasive ideas of the first chapter will be of particular interest to Milton scholars." (Milton Quarterly, May 2014)

"In true Miltonic style the content skilfully covers the well-known whilst encouraging the brave to question, deconstruct and think again."  (The Use of English, 65.1 Autumn 2013)

"Any library supporting the teaching of English literature to freshmen and sophomores should acquire it. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers." (Choice, 1 August 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118918180
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/23/2015
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Reading Poetry Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This lucid and entirely jargon-free guide to Paradise Lost will help any reader of the poem to find their feet, and to understand what makes it the best poem in the English language. Hopkins has one, and only one, resemblance to Milton’s Satan, which is that he can make intricate seem straight.” Colin Burrow, Oxford University

“This is the best introduction to Paradise Lost there is, suitable for the intelligent sixth-former or undergraduate, or the enquiring general reader outside the academy – or indeed anyone who cares about poetry. It is also a joy to read, indeed a real page-turner – and of how many academic books can one say that?” Charles Martindale, Bristol University

Meet the Author

David Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. A specialist on English poetry and literary criticism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, he has written two books on John Dryden – John Dryden (1986) and Writers and their Work: John Dryden (2004). His latest work, Conversing with Antiquity: English Poets and the Classics, from Shakespeare to Pope (2010), reflects his interest in the enduring influence on English poetry of the literature and culture of classical antiquity. Professor Hopkins has also edited numerous volumes, including (with Paul Hammond) an annotated edition of Dryden’s complete poems.

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