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Beginning shortly after Satan was banished to Hell, Lucifer, the fallen angel, delivers a persuasive speech to organize his followers after they were defeated by God’s army. As he attempts to rejuvenate the enthusiasm of his demons, Satan discovers his insatiable need for revenge. Empowered by his follower’s support, Satan realizes that the best way to achieve his desire is through the corruption of God’s most treasured creation—humankind. Determined to undermine God one more time, Satan journeys to Earth, where he finds Adam and Eve living in the Garden of Eden. Described as paradise on Earth, the Garden of Eden provides everything Eve and Adam need. The couple live harmoniously, and enjoy a healthy emotional and sexual relationship. However, when Satan arrives and persuades them otherwise, life isn’t just changed for them, but for all of humankind. However, Adam and Eve do not realize their mistake right away, as their life seems as pleasant as ever and are able to appease their every desire. But when God confronts them for what they’d done, Adam and Eve become desperate for forgiveness, and Satan relishes in the success of his plan.
Following the Christian origin myth of man, Paradise Lost by John Milton is an immense epic poem written in blank verse and separated into ten sections. With elaborate description and elevated language, Paradise Lost depicts new, thought-provoking perspectives of a well-known story. Through these elaborate perspectives and the expanded narrative, Milton intended to “justify” God’s actions to men. Featuring exciting depictions of the Angelic War, Satan’s defeat, and the life of Eve and Adam before and after their fall, John Milton’s legendary poem is compelling and magnificent. Regarded as a superior work of English literature, Paradise Lost is an exquisite classic.
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Leonard also notes that Milton "did not at first plan to write a biblical epic." Since epics were typically written about heroic kings and queens (and with pagan gods), Milton originally envisioned his epic to be based on a legendary Saxon or British king like the legend of King Arthur.
Having gone totally blind in 1652, Milton wrote Paradise Lost entirely through dictation with the help of amanuenses and friends. He also wrote the epic poem while he was often ill, suffering from gout, and despite suffering emotionally after the early death of his second wife, Katherine Woodcock, in 1658, and the death of their infant daughter.
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Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. The first version consisted of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, arranged into twelve books (in the manner of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification. It is considered by critics to be Milton's major work, and it helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time.
The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton's purpose, stated in Book I, is to "justify the ways of God to men".
In his introduction to the Penguin edition of Paradise Lost, the Milton scholar John Leonard notes, "John Milton was nearly sixty when he published Paradise Lost in 1667. [The writer] John Aubrey (1626–97) tells us that the poem was begun in about 1658 and finished in about 1663. But parts were almost certainly written earlier, and its roots lie in Milton's earliest youth." Leonard speculates that the English Civil War interrupted Milton's earliest attempts to start his "epic [poem] that would encompass all space and time."
Leonard also notes that Milton "did not at first plan to write a biblical epic." Since epics were typically written about heroic kings and queens (and with pagan gods), Milton originally envisioned his epic to be based on a legendary Saxon or British king like the legend of King Arthur. In the 1667 version of Paradise Lost, the poem was divided into ten books. However, in the 1672 edition, Paradise Lost contained twelve books.
Having gone totally blind in 1652, Milton wrote Paradise Lost entirely through dictation with the help of amanuenses and friends. He also wrote the epic poem while he was often ill, suffering from gout, and despite the fact that he was suffering emotionally after the early death of his second wife, Katherine Woodcock, in 1658, and the death of their infant daughter (though Milton remarried soon after in 1663).