Category Archives: Paradise Lost

Saying Goodbye to Paradise Lost

  I have now completed Paradise Lost and feel as if I have survived an epic of great proportions.  The book was challenging to both my intellect as well as my spirit.  John Milton’s epic poem captures you from the first page and yet along the way it challenges your thoughts and previous perceptions.  I …

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This Article is More True Today Than Ever Before

  Throughout my journey with John Milton’s Paradise Lost, I have been asked by several people why I am reading it.  My answers vary, honestly, but the real reason is an article I read in The New Yorker in 2008.  So, dear readers, here is the article in its entirety.  Enjoy! RETURN TO PARADISE: The …

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I Spent the Day With My Nose in the Book

  Yesterday, in accordance with National Read a Book Day, I spent the day with my nose in Paradise Lost and was able to complete the book!  I wanted to get done with this epic so that I could move on to greener pastures.  Anne of Green Gables to be honest.  I read the book …

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Eve the Single Weakest Female Character Ever Created

  I honestly don’t think I like John Milton much. I know he’s from a generation that viewed women as lesser than man but geeze. Eve is the wost female character ever written. She’s ditzy and easily persuaded. If we were all like that, the world would stop turning. I’m telling you she is absolutely …

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The Creation of Our Own Hell

  John Milton the pious man had to have had a torturous time writing Satan. I cannot ignore that he has done a fantastic job with him. He’s far more relatable than either God or Adam and for that the poem exceeds my expectations. When you read the Bible and most other biblical texts, you …

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John Milton’s Warning to Scientists

Adam’s memory of first awakening to consciousness presents significant differences from Eve’s first memories, which we see in Book IV. Whereas Eve awakens in shade, Adam does so in broad sunlight —“happy Light,” as he calls it (VIII.285). Eve is quickly drawn in by reflections and images, coming to desire an illusion of herself, and …

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John Milton’s Bread Street is a Paradise Lost

Travel the streets of London, on Bread Street where John Milton was born.

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God’s Influence Over Adam

  In the same manner as the two previous invocations of the muse, Milton’s invocation of Urania fuses classical allusion with Christian belief. Milton reconfigures Urania and likens her to the Holy Spirit, placing a corrective, Christian spin on an old mythological figure. The cumulative effect of Milton’s allusions to and corrections of classical culture …

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What Was It Like?

When I read books about early human beings, like Paradise Lost, my brain always starts to go in these weird places.  I’m a question person.  I believe in asking questions and researching questions.  I believe that is how humans learn and grow.  So my brain automatically goes to these strange areas where I end up …

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The Paradox of John Milton’s Book 5 Paradise Lost

Eve’s dream, created by Satan’s whispering in her ear as she sleeps, foreshadows her ultimate temptation and downfall. God’s decision to send Raphael to warn Adam about the dangers ahead also foreshadows their fall, although the fact that it does so is paradoxical. After all, the ostensible purpose of sending Raphael is to arm Adam …

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