Paradise Lost

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John Milton (9th December 1608 8th November 1674) was an English poet. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost. Paradise Lost is widely considered as one of the greatest works of literature. He is known for Aeropagitica which is written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship and is among historys most influential and impassioned defence of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Moreover, Milton was the first modern writer to employ unrhythmed verse outside of the theatre. He is highly appreciated by William Hayley. He had considered Milton the greatest English author. Other renowned poets such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, and Thomas Hardy revered John Milton.

Paradise Lost has been considered as Miltons masterpiece, with that his reputation was considered as one of the greatest English poets of his time. The poem relates with the biblical story of the fallof Man, the temptation of Adam & Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. So the theme of the book initiated with Adam and Eves disobedience and fall from grace. Nicely elaborates Gods plan for humankind. It seems very interesting that Satan and the rebel angel are chained to a lake of fire in Hell. But somehow they get freed themselves and fly to land and they construct one Pandemonium, a meeting place (People are excited too much). And they consider this as their meeting place. Now the rebel angels are very much anxious to fight against the Gods. Now those rebel angels have become devils.

How exactly they all start a war against the Gods? Who meet Satan at the entry level of heaven? In heaven, God tells the council of angels about Satans intention.

Even Satan tries to involve Adam & Eve. When God comes to know about the trick of Satan, He immediately sends someone to make them aware and to save from Satans game. Satan takes the form of Serpent after a close study on the animals of Paradise.

The story narrates all about the future scenario of Earth after the disobedience of Adam & Eve. Very interesting and it is one of the classic literature of its class.

A must read book that reveals such a unique and interesting theme.

 

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John Milton, (born December 9, 1608, London, England died November 8?, 1674, London?), English poet, pamphleteer, and historian, considered the most significant English author after William Shakespeare.

Milton is best known for Paradise Lost, widely regarded as the greatest epic poem in English. Together with Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, it confirms Milton s reputation as one of the greatest English poets. In his prose works Milton advocated the abolition of the Church of England and the execution of Charles I. From the beginning of the English Civil Wars in 1642 to long after the restoration of Charles II as king in 1660, he espoused in all his works a political philosophy that opposed tyranny and state-sanctioned religion. His influence extended not only through the civil wars and interregnum but also to the American and French revolutions. In his works on theology, he valued liberty of conscience, the paramount importance of Scripture as a guide in matters of faith, and religious toleration toward dissidents. As a civil servant, Milton became the voice of the English Commonwealth after 1649 through his handling of its international correspondence and his defense of the government against polemical attacks from abroad.

Milton s father established in London a business as a scrivener, preparing documents for legal transactions. He was also a moneylender, and he negotiated with creditors to arrange for loans on behalf of his clients.

John Millton was enrolled at St. Paul s School, probably in 1620. Milton was privately tutored by Thomas Young, a Scottish Presbyterian who may have influenced his gifted student in religion and politics while they maintained contact across subsequent decades. At St. Paul s Milton befriended Charles Diodati, a fellow student who would become his confidant through young adulthood. During his early years, Milton may have heard sermons by the poet John Donne, dean of St. Paul s Cathedral, which was within view of his school. Educated in Latin and Greek there, Milton in due course acquired proficiency in other languages, especially Italian, in which he composed some sonnets and which he spoke as proficiently as a native Italian, according to the testimony of Florentines whom he befriended during his travel abroad in 1638 39.