A Preface to Paradise Lost

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Atlantic Publishers & Dist, Jan 1, 2005 - Epic poetry - 152 pages
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Since Its Publication In 1942, C.S. Lewis S A Preface To Paradise Lost Has Remained And Continues To Remain An Indispensable Introductory Book For The Study Of Paradise Lost. Very Briefly, But With Remarkable Clarity And Precision, Lewis Touches On All The Important Aspects Of Paradise Lost: Form And Technique, Structure And Texture, Theological Disputes And Characterization Etc. Lewis Believes That A Poem Is A Public Activity Through Which The Poet Intends To Move His Readers. It Is, Therefore, Extremely Important To Know The Intention Of The Poet, To Know What The Poem Is, What It Was Intended To Do And How It Is Meant To Be Used. Accordingly, Lewis Tries To Identify The Originally Intended Meaning Of The Poem In Order To Help The Reader To Have An Access To Milton S Intentions. In The Process, The Elizabethan World Order, The Contemporary Theological Issues, The Differences Between De Doctrina And Paradise Lost, Critical Opinions On Milton S Style, Diction And Characterizations Particularly Satan, Eve, The Angels And Satan S Followers , Are All Brought To Bear On His Discussions In The Preface. The Book Is A Must For Any Student Of Paradise Lost.
  

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User Review  - KP Ambroziak - Goodreads

CS Lewis is one of the most graspable literary critics. His writing style suggests how desperately he wants his readers to understand his analysis. His writing is exceptional on many levels, and I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ben De Bono - Goodreads

This is a simply phenomenal book and one of Lewis' best. Even if you have no interest in Paradise Lost (for shame!) the first half of the book on the form and content of epic poetry is a wonderful resource. Highly recommended Read full review

Contents

Epic Poetry
1
Is Criticism Possible?
9
Primary Epic
12
The Technique of Primary Epic
19
The Subject of Primary Epic
26
Virgil and the Subject of Secondary Epic
31
The Style of Secondary Epic
38
Defence of This Style
49
Heart
59
Milton and St Augustine
63
Hierarchy
70
The Theology of Paradise Lost
79
Satan
90
Satans Followers
99
The Mistake about Miltons Angels
103
Unfallen Sexuality
116

The Doctrine of the Unchanging Human
52

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