Paradise Lost (Paperback)
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Paradise Lost (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 09/10/2008
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Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth - as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God. At the centre of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love. Milton's influence has been felt by many writers since, none more so in recent times than the novelist Philip Pullman. His acclaimed trilogy His Dark Materials takes it title from a line in the poem, and the worlds he created for Lyra and Will have entranced readers across generations. His introduction to the poem is a tribute that is both personal and full of insight; his enthusiasm for Milton's language, his skill, and his supreme gifts as a storyteller is infectious and instructive. He encourages readers above all to experience the poem for themselves, and surrender to its enchantment.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199554225

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“Very interesting”

I enjoyed this epic poem. Getting used to the style takes a little perseverence but once I got going, it was very good. The notes helped get me into the style and changed use of some language. The introduction (and... More

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25th August 2014
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“Paradise Lost”

This is Milton's epic retelling of the story of Creation and Mankind's fall from Paradise. Although it is a little hard work in places the prose is vivid and descriptive and carries the reader through very... More

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29th April 2011
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Matt Kusnierz

“Classic retelling of an ancient theme”

If this is the first heroic poem you have read from this period you will probably find it hard going, but it is worth persevering with. In brief, this is a retelling of the classic Genesis story using the wonderfully... More

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7th February 2011
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