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Kingdom of Utterance from the Lady of Christ
“ The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n. What [does it] matter where, if I be still the same?” The mind in its own disobedience can fall in a delusional state that place called “hell”. What happens when you revolt from your own reality and truth? Satan's disobedience and the loss thereupon of Paradise brought him to his own place accompanied by legions of angels also driven out by G_d, a place of utter darkness, that place where the mind dances with its own chaos. I believe Milton chose to begin his epic of the Lost Paradise with the fall of Satan, because Satan represented chaos and perhaps that is where Miltons’ mind was at the time he decided to write about his epic. This quote from Paradise Lost serves to illustrate Satan’s fall into chaos, his decent from Hell and the metaphor of Milton’s own biographical circumstances at the time.
"If thou beest he — but O how fallen! how changed From him who, in the happy realms of light. Clothed with transcendent brightness, didst outshine
Myriads, though bright!—if he whom mutual league United thoughts and counsels, equal hope. And hazard in the glorious enterprise
Joined with me once, now misery hath joined. In equal ruin; into what pit thou seest From what height fallen: so much the stronger proved He with his thunder; and till then who knew. The force of those dire arms? Yet not for those, Nor what the potent Victor in his rage. Can else inflict, do I repent, or change”
In the opening line “If thou beest he” Milton is clearly a leading rebel of his period, in his opening speech with utterance Milton talks about the will of humankind and how resilient we can be when we are ignored by our countrymen “All is not lost — the unconquerable will, can else inflict, or do I repent, or change?” Perhaps, Milton felt as one of the legion’s angels rebelling in hell, divided and humiliated. “Joined with me once, now misery hath joined”, Miltons’ opening was more about a warning to humankind, the journey of heroic men and the consequences of disobediences, regardless. This place called “hell” where Satan, now calls heaven with his angles lying on the burning Lake, of “transcendent brightness” had become Miltons’ battle ground for authority and worldview. This place where Satan and his angels found comfort after their miserable fall from Heaven, and the place where Milton found glorious “In equal ruin”. Perhaps Milton could relate to Satan’s fall, and betrayals. Betrayed infected by political or religious systems he trusted at the time; the heroes who perhaps failed him, each whom presided over a different disobedience, and the chaos he shared with G_d, and his own Satan.
The opening of the epic is also a metaphor for Milton’s superiority and authority perhaps over other poets. In his epic he wanted to remind the world of the classical stories that shaped humankind, but clearly voicing his authority on the subjects of antiquity, his subordinates and the oracles subscribed on his Christina views. Milton is clearly greater than Satan, above it all, as he is Satan’s creator in this epic. Miltons’ inspiration and valor may have come from Satan soul, that place in the mind where Satan finds a way to awaken all his Legions, like warriors of light. In my estimation Milton opening was an offering to Satan an awaking to his angels, “the gods” who may have doubted his ideologies and worldviews. The utopia of gods and angels, the hell of this place where Miltons’ biographical circumstances defines Paradise Lost “Heaven and Hell” the utterance of Satan’s opening speech in hell preparing his followers, as Milton was preparing humankind for life, or in the same manner as Satan does "confounded"; directed his speech to his angels.
I can see how Miltons’ opening speech grasp the broader issues of the human tragedy; human nature, men’s motives of “the unconquerable will” Paradise