Paradise Lost is for many the greatest poem written in English. Composed late in the author's life, it deals with nothing less than the destiny of mankind.
This essential introductory guide:
* leads the reader into the epic poem through detailed analysis of key extracts, exploring Milton's original thought and style
* provides useful sections on 'Methods of Analysis' and 'Further Work' to aid independent study
* offers valuable information on Milton's life, times and literary legacy
* examines the development of critical opinion and discusses some recent critical views of the poem.
John Milton: Paradise Lost is ideal for anyone who is studying this complex and beautiful work for the first time. It will enable you to approach your own critical analysis of the poem with confidence.
Mike Edwards is an experienced teacher and lecturer specialising in English Literature. He is the author of several books in the 'Analysing Texts' series.
General Editor's Preface.- How to Use this Book.- A Note on Texts.- Abbreviations and References.- PART I: ANALYSING 'PARADISE LOST'.- Milton's Conception in 'Paradise Lost'.- The Epic Structure.- God, His Son, the Angels and the Realms of Light.- Satan, the Rebel Angels and their World of Darkness.- Adam, Eve and their Perfect Paradise.- The Fall and its Aftermath.- Towards a Paradise Within.- PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS.- Milton's Life as it Relates to 'Paradise Lost'.- The Context of 'Paradise Lost'.- Some Critical Approaches.- Notes.- Further Reading and Bibliography.- Glossary.- Appendix A: Characteristics of Epic.- Appendix B: Examples of Milton's Rhetoric Index.