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Paradise Lost

John Milton

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Evans, J. Martin. Milton’s Imperial Epic: Paradise Lost and the Discourse of Colonialism. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996.

Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967.

Kean, Margaret. John Milton’s Paradise Lost: A Sourcebook. New York: Routlege, 2005.

Lewalski, Barbara. The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography. Malden, MA and Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2003.

Lewis, C. S. A Preface to Paradise Lost. New York: Oxford University Press, 1961.

Parker, William Riley. Milton: A Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1968.

Shawcross, John T. John Milton: The Self and the World. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1993.

Shawcross, John T. With Mortal Voice: The Creation of Paradise Lost. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1982.

Teskey, Gordon, ed. Paradise Lost: 3rd Edition (Norton Critical Edition). New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

Walker, Julia M., ed. Milton and the Idea of Woman. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1988.

Wheeler, Thomas. Paradise Lost and the Modern Reader. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1974.

Zunder, William, ed. Paradise Lost: John Milton. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

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just wow

by jimmypagesscarf, September 03, 2013

This is it.... this is what sends us all to Hel....


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by Astori, April 21, 2014

I agree with most of the explanation and analysis above. But one thing else to be added is that a hero doesn't bear evil intentions ever, otherwise there would be no difference between a protagonist and an antagonist.


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Q. Consider 'Paradise Lost' as an Epic.

by touhidsm, April 22, 2014

Q. What qualities of an epic do you find in 'Paradise Lost'?

Ans: Paradise Lost is one of the finest examples of epic tradition in all of literature. Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 (though written nearly ten years earlier) in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse.
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