Paradise Lost - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  • Paradise Lost - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

Paradise Lost - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 17/04/2008
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'Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste Brought death into the world...Sing heavenly muse' From almost the moment of its first publication in 1667, Paradise Lost was considered a classic. It is difficult now to appreciate both how audacious an undertaking it represents, and how astonishing its immediate and continued success was. Over the course of twelve books Milton wrote an epic poem that would 'justify the ways of God to men', a mission that required a complex drama whose source is both historical and deeply personal. The struggle for ascendancy between God and Satan is played out across hell, heaven, and earth but the consequences of the Fall are all too humanly tragic - pride, ambition, and aspiration 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 poem in a new introduction, and on-page notes explain its language and allusions. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range 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, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199535743

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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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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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“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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