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John Milton, My Old Classics, My Old Classics

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Paradise Lost by John Milton - is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608-1674). The first version, published in 1667, consists of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, arranged into twelve books (in the manner of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout. It is considered to be Milton's masterpiece, and it helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of all time. The poem concerns the biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.In his introduction to the Penguin edition of Paradise Lost, the Milton scholar John Leonard notes, "John Milton was nearly sixty when he published Paradise Lost in 1667. The biographer John Aubrey (1626-1697) tells us that the poem was begun in about 1658 and finished in about 1663. However, parts were almost certainly written earlier, and its roots lie in Milton's earliest youth." Leonard speculates that the English Civil War interrupted Milton's earliest attempts to start his "epic [poem] that would encompass all space and time."Leonard also notes that Milton "did not at first plan to write a biblical epic."Since epics were typically written about heroic kings and queens (and with pagan gods), Milton originally envisioned his epic to be based on a legendary Saxon or British king like the legend of King Arthur.

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APA 6 Citation
Milton, J. (2022). Paradise Lost (1st ed.). Books on Demand. Retrieved from (Original work published 2022)
Chicago Citation
Milton, John. (2022) 2022. Paradise Lost. 1st ed. Books on Demand.
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Milton, J. (2022) Paradise Lost. 1st edn. Books on Demand. Available at: (Accessed: 25 May 2023).
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Milton, John. Paradise Lost. 1st ed. Books on Demand, 2022. Web. 25 May 2023.