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Chronicles the rise and fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Begins with the crowning of the Son of God, moves to Lucifer's rebellion and fall, the beginning of the Earth, the birth of Adam and Eve, and how they fell prey to Satan's fraud.
Written in 10 syllable per line prose, which must have been very difficult. Milton was blind, which makes the accomplishment even more amazing. Parts of the book were wonderfully written (the battles with Satan, Eden, the creation of the Earth, the coming events as Adam and Eve are escorted from Eden by Archangel Michael), but others are difficult with many references to Greek characters. I'm sure Milton was brilliant, but those parts don't add much for me and make it seem as though he's being pretentious. I also disliked the way all the characters addressed each other: "Lo, great angel from Heaven, graceful and true of spirit." The pictures of the story in the book, while they received vast praise in the preface, were forgettable.
Still, I can't get away from the amazing work that Milton put here. My only real compliant was the blatant sexism that Adam had for Eve, assuming she was always inferior to him. That is no longer the way of the world, and I doubt Adam would have treated Eve thusly. Sin, Death. Satan, Michael and Raphael were my favorite characters, all providing memorable lines.
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Paradise Lost Study Guide
A complete online resource for the study of John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Paradise Lost - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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; ...
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Paradise Lost by John Milton. Search, Read, Study, Discuss.
HTML etext, with search feature and brief plot synopsis
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The John Milton Reading Room
John Milton's poetry and prose, etexts with annotations, hyperlinks and research aids
Literature.org - The Online Literature Library
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Paradise Lost - publicliterature.org
PARADISE LOST BOOK I. Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast Brought Death into the World, and all our woe, ...
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Paradise Lost: Book I (1667)
Paradise Lost: Book I. (1667). John Milton. Note on the e-text: this Renascence Editions text was transcribed by Judy Boss in Omaha, Nebraska, ...
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The Milton-L Home Page
Below are links to both the 1667 and 1674 editions of Paradise Lost. ... John Geraghty has scanned one edition of Paradise Lost and is working on another ...
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Paradise Lost - Wikiquote
Paradise Lost (1667, 1674) is an epic poem by the 17th century English poet John Milton. The poem concerns the Christian story of the fall of Satan and his ...
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