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Paradise Lost - John Milton
Paradise Lost
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From almost the moment of its publication in 1667, Paradise Lost was considered a classic. It is difficult now to appreciate how audacious an undertaking the epic represents, and how astonishing its immediate and continued success was. Over the course of twelve books John Milton wrote an... show more
From almost the moment of its publication in 1667, Paradise Lost was considered a classic. It is difficult now to appreciate how audacious an undertaking the epic represents, and how astonishing its immediate and continued success was. Over the course of twelve books John Milton wrote an epic poem that would "justify the ways of God to men," a mission that required a complex drama, the source of which is both historical and deeply personal. While the struggle for ascendancy between God and Satan is played out across hell, heaven, and earth in the work, the consequences of the Fall are all too humanly tragic, with pride, ambition, and aspiration being the motivating forces. In this new edition derived from their acclaimed Oxford Authors text, Stephen Orgel and Jonathan Goldberg discuss the complexity of Milton's Paradise Lost in a new introduction. They contextualize Milton and his poem, discuss its structure and language, and provide a summary of critical responses to the poem since its initial publication. They also include on-page notes to explain the poem's language and allusions. This modernized edition of one of the most influential works in the English language will truly bring to light Milton's genius for today's reader.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780199535743 (0199535744)
ASIN: 199535744
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Series: Paradise (#1)
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
4.0 Uncontrollable Madness: “Paradise Lost” by Milton
Milton wrote a great poem but it's also a byproduct of its day - 1667 - and he views events and characters very much through the male gaze; as do all organized religions and which the poem references. Thus, the apple on the tree of knowledge was (imo) something a religious-minded white Portuguese ma...
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.
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