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Paradise Lost - John Milton, David Hawkes
Paradise Lost
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Paradise Lost, by John Milton, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of... show more
Paradise Lost, by John Milton, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. 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. David Hawkes is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. His books include Idols of the Marketplace (2001) and Ideology (second edition, 2003), and he has contributed articles to The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Journal of the History of Ideas. 
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781593080952 (1593080956)
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
Series: Paradise (#1)
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.5 Milton's epic tale of the fall and redemption of humanity
With the exception of Shakespeare this, I believe, is the greatest work of English Literature. Paradise Lost tells the story, in epic poetic form, of the fall of mankind as outlined in Genesis 1-3. While the story is constricted to the opening chapters of the Bible, the scope of the story itself is ...
Tami
Tami rated it
0.0 I really tried...DNF after pretty much the first ten pages...
No rating, as I stopped reading right after I started. This is a sad example for "too much time has passed between this being written and me being born". I can't find any access to this text.
AnHeC (I'm too fucking busy and vice versa)
AnHeC (I'm too fucking busy and vice versa) rated it
3.5 Yes, it's a theodicy. A failed one, but a really good effort.
An epic poem in blank verse. Yes, it's a theodicy. A failed one, but a really good effort. It was surprisingly readable. Maybe because the Latin sentence structure doesn't bother me, since in Polish parts of speech can freely move around the sentence. And there's an awesome audiobook I've found. So ...
Adventures Thru Wonderland
Adventures Thru Wonderland rated it
4.0 Paradise Lost
A great, and intensely thought provoking piece. More so in our day and age.
The English Student
The English Student rated it
5.0 Paradise Lost - John Milton
This is, truly, a fantastic poem, in all senses of the word. It tells the tale of the Fall of mankind from Eden, including the story of Lucifer's Fall from Heaven to Hell. It's a story of rebellion, with Satan, surprisingly, as its hero, and a story of warning to mankind: behave, or this is what wil...
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