Discuss Paradise Lost.



MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE NOTES

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton, published 1667.

  • – The main subject is The Creation and Fall of Man and the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise.
  • – The work contains 12 books, written over a period over a period of 25 years (11 thousand verses).
  • – Milton studied many subjects from the Bible and chose the theme of the fall of man/humanity.
  • – It is an epic poem of extreme proportions.
  • – It is a comment on God‘s supremacy, not on human‘s individuality, to justify the ways of God to man.
  • – Man’s first disobedience and its consequences — It analyses the questions of freedom, free will and individual choice. It is an attempt to classify and rationalise the spirit of Renaissance.
  • – It is an epic about a hero (it‘s difficult to define the actual hero) – Satan (for Blake and Shelley, Satan is the hero),-Adam (he faces the world, accepts the punishment and what Eve has done),-nobody.
  • Paradise regained – the sequel to Paadise Lost – Christ ends the reign of Satan.

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