"Paradise Lost". In addition to its imaginative use of language, the poem features a powerful and sympathetic portrait of Lucifer, the rebel angel who frequently outshines his moral superiors. With Milton's deft use of irony, the devil makes evil appear good, just as satanic practices may seem attractive at first glance. "Paradise Lost" has exercised enormous influence on generations of artists and their works, ranging from the Romantic poets William Blake and Percy Bysshe Shelley to Joseph Haydn's oratorio "The Creation" and J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings".
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I had heard mixed things about “Paradise Lost”. On the one hand, I had heard it spoken of in a derogatory fashion, with much eye-rolling. A boring, long-winded book read more as a class requirement than anything. On the other, I have heard it referred to as a literary masterpiece that was, and still is, very influential in its’ scope and character portrayal, being referenced in poetry, art, books (like Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”), and even Star Trek. My personal opinion is: it’s a challenging yet satisfying read. The story, while based on the very familiar Biblical account of Adam and Eve’s first Sin and subsequent expulsion from Eden, takes an interesting look at the devil and his reaction to both his damnation and (in a very interesting way) his initial meeting with Eve. On the down-side, to say that Milton is a “name-dropper” is an understatement. He has a really bad habit of making way too many analogies to describe one event, and fills page after page with them.45
This beautifully written epic gives great testimony to and perspective of the important centrality of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of mankind from death and as the Savior from sin on conditions of faith in Him and repentance and obedience through His grace. This was definitely an uplifting and strengthening retelling, especially the tenth (last) section.55
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This version was obviously made with an OCR program and not edited. The other free version with the beige cover is the Gutenberg Project version.15