9780140424263

Paradise Lost

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140424263

  • ISBN10:

    0140424261

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-09-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Summary

As a young student, John Milton fantasized about bringing the poetic elocution of Homer and Virgil to the English language. Milton realized this dream with his graceful, sonorous "Paradise Lost," now considered the most influential epic poem in English literature. A retelling of the biblical story of mankind' s fall from grace, Milton' s epic opens shortly after the dramatic expulsion of Satan and his army of angels from Heaven. What follows is a cosmic battle between good and evil that ranges across vast, splendid tracts of time and space, from the wild abyss of Chaos and the fiery lake of Hell to the Gate of Heaven and God' s newly created paradise, the Garden of Eden. Controversy still swirls around Milton' s magnificent and sympathetic characterization of Satan, a portrait so compelling that many critics have maintained that he is the true hero of the story.

Author Biography

John Milton was born in London on December 9, 1608, and studied at the University of Cambridge. He originally planned to become a clergyman, but abandoned those ambitions to become a poet. Political in his writings, he served a government post during the time of the Commonwealth. In 1651, he went completely blind but he continued to write, finishing Paradise Lost in 1667, and Paradise Regained in 1671. He died in 1674.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Table of Dates
xliv
Further Reading xlvii
Note on the Text liii
Marvell `On Paradise Lost' lvi
PARADISE LOST
Book I
2(22)
Book II
24(28)
Book III
52(21)
Book IV
73(28)
Book V
101(24)
Book VI
125(25)
Book VII
150(17)
Book VIII
167(18)
Book IX
185(32)
Book X
217(30)
Book XI
247(24)
Book XII
271(18)
Notes 289

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