Patterned on Greek and Roman classics, yet achieving a voice of its own by defying the strict dictates of classical subject matter. Milton's epic poem is a masterpiece of monumental proportions. His diverse and often awesome use of language creates an effect as surreal and powerful as Dante's Inferno. This program features probing analysis by Professors Thomas Winnifirth, University of Warwick, and Robert Wilcher, University of Birmingham. Topics include Milton's creation of hell as one of the great imaginative accomplishments of literature. Also examined are the poem's anti-Catholic tone; the use of the Narcissus myth; the weak, headmaster-like characterization of God; Eve as the strong, archetypal woman; Satan as hero; and criticism of Milton as a misogynist. A brief biography of Milton highlights philosophical debates of the period.
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Review: Paradise Lost (Paradise #1)User Review - Prema Arasu - Goodreads
Milton's ambition in writing Paradise Lost is staggering, and somehow, he delivers. Milton's time spent among Florentine intellectuals reaffirmed his loathing for Roman Catholicism and Laudianism in ... Read full review
Review: Paradise Lost (Paradise #1)User Review - Kevin Leffew - Goodreads
In Milton's Paradise Lost, we find a 'perfect' world which becomes 'marred' by original sin. The act, in defiance of God's will for man – comes about through the eating from the Tree of the Knowledge ... Read full review