Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained

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Random House, Jul 31, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
Satan is out for revenge. His rebellion has failed, he has been cast out from heaven and is doomed to spend eternity in hell. Somehow he must find a way to prove his power and wound his enemies. He fixes upon God's beloved new creations, Adam and Eve, as the vehicles of his vengeance. In this dramatic and influential epic, Milton tells the story of the serpent and the apple, the fall of man and the exile from paradise in stunningly vivid and powerful verse.
 

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Section 1
2
Section 2
3
Section 3
4
Section 4
6
Section 5
7
Section 6
31
Section 7
59
Section 8
80
Section 15
180
Section 16
191
Section 17
192
Section 18
224
Section 19
255
Section 20
280
Section 21
281
Section 22
302

Section 9
107
Section 10
108
Section 11
132
Section 12
156
Section 13
173
Section 14
174
Section 23
315
Section 24
316
Section 25
330
Section 26
344
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John Milton was born on 9 December 1608. He studied at St Paul's School and then at Christ's College, Cambridge. He wrote poetry in Latin and Italian as well as English and travelled in Italy between 1638 and 1639. He married Mary Powell in 1642 but their relationship quickly broke down and they lived apart until 1645. They had four children, three daughters and a son who died in infancy. During the Interregnum after the execution of Charles I, Milton worked for the civil service and wrote pamphlets in support of the new republic. He also began work on his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, as early as 1642. His first wife died in 1652 and he married again in 1656, although his second wife died not long afterwards in 1658. When the monarchy was restored in 1660 Milton was arrested but was released with a fine. In 1663 he married his third wife, Elizabeth Minshull and he is also thought to have finished Paradise Lost in this same year. He published the companion poem, Paradise Regained, in 1671.John Milton died on 8 November 1674.

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