"Paradise Lost" has been justifiably called the greatest English epic poem. Milton takes us immediately into the action of the tale, gliding over what we all know from the Bible, developing the story's background as he goes. We learn how Satan came to be in Hell after the war in heaven, see warfare and the ambitions of the angels -- come to know God's wisdom, power, and His wrath. Milton gives us characters who personify Death, Chaos, Mammon, and Sin, and they interact with more traditional figures -- Adam, Eve, Satan, and, yes, God. If you have not read "Paradise Lost," it's likely that you're already familiar with a lot of it -- it's a tale that's become a part of our culture. To understand it truly, you need to read this book.
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This epic is Milton's most famous work, employing the heterodox theology later expounded in De Doctrina Christiana.From the Back Cover:
This controversial poem of the seventeenth century centres around the creation of myth. Through his rich and powerful verse Milton relates the story of the Fall of Mankind and the subsequent banishment from Paradise.
Milton's evocative representation of Eden has become ingrained in our everyday language as he conjures up the fiery Hell and idyllic Garden, the mysterious and awe-inspiring God and cunning Satan, who decides 'Evil be thou my Good.' Eve is created as a companion for Adam, but Satan comes to her in the form of a serpent and tempts her to taste the succulent forbidden friut of the Tree of Knowledge. Thus Man's 'free will' brought about the Fall, yet Milton's God is merciful and offers Adam and Eve a paradise on earth, to come from within themselves.
Paradise Lost conveys with clarity and vision an overall vision of Creation and has deservedly become one of our greatest epics in any language.
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Book Description Penguin Popular Classic, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140622446