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Paradise Lost [Paperback]

John Milton , Gordon Teskey
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Jan. 1 2005 0393924289 978-0393924282 3rd Revised edition
The text of Milton's masterpiece has been freshly edited and is accompanied by a detailed introduction and expanded explanatory annotations. Spelling and punctuation have been modernised, the latter within the limits imposed by Milton's syntax. Relevant passages from the Bible and Milton's prose writings have been collected in the sources and backgrounds section. Classic interpretations are brought together with important recent scholarship surrounding the epic. A glossary and selected bibliography are also included.

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“In this landmark edition, teachers will discover a powerful ally in bringing the excitement of Milton’s poetry and prose to new generations of students.”—William C. Dowling, Rutgers University
 
“This magnificent edition gives us everything we need to read Milton intelligently and with fresh perception.”—William H. Pritchard, Amherst College --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 black and white engravings from the first illustrated edition, 1688 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Lost & Dore`s Prints Perfect Match Oct. 9 2010
Format:Hardcover
I already owned an antique copy of Milton`s poems but could not pass up getting a copy of Paradise Lost with Dore prints. Well worth buying ($27).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best enjoyed in small pieces, perhaps? May 3 2010
By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Milton's Paradise Lost is a masterpiece, but that does not mean it is easily read or that it is appealing to modern tastes.

The level of English in this poem is absolutely insane, and Milton floods the pages with his learnedness and his poetic writerly powers, which are near unbelievable. I don't think there's any question that there's some self-indulgence here - this work goes on too long by modern standards and some passages are difficult to enjoy. Sometimes you're just ready for Milton to be done with this and get on to the next thing. And Eve gets the lion's share of the blame for the ultimate failure of course; there's a level of condescension towards women there that will get your feminist side uppity and irritated.

But reading Satan's rebellious speeches and the incredible imaginative power of Milton's description of the war in heaven between the rebel angels and the good . . . there's passages here that have yet to fade and probably never will. When you consider that Milton was eyeing other great epics from the distant past while he was doing this, its no wonder he pulled out all the stops and tried to find just where his limits were.

So read in small pieces, because the language is incredible and dense and difficult to absorb more than 200 to 300 lines at a time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic work Feb. 8 2006
By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Of Man's first disobedience and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till on greater Man
Restore us and regain the blissful seat
Sing, Heavenly Muse...
Not a lot people know that 'Paradise Lost' has as a much lesser known companion piece 'Paradise Regained'; of course, it was true during Milton's time as it is today that the more harrowing and juicy the story, the better it will likely be remembered and received.
This is not to cast any aspersion on this great poem, however. It has been called, with some justification, the greatest English epic poem. The line above, the first lines of the first book of the poem, is typical of the style throughout the epic, in vocabulary and syntax, in allusiveness. The word order tends toward the Latinate, with the object coming first and the verb coming after.
Milton follows many classical examples by personifying characters such as Death, Chaos, Mammon, and Sin. These characters interact with the more traditional Christian characters of Adam, Eve, Satan, various angels, and God. He takes as his basis the basic biblical text of the creation and fall of humanity (thus, 'Paradise Lost'), which has taken such hold in the English-speaking world that many images have attained in the popular mind an almost biblical truth to them (in much the same way that popular images of Hell owe much to Dante's Inferno). The text of Genesis was very much in vogue in the mid-1600s (much as it is today) and Paradise Lost attained an almost instant acclaim.
John Milton was an English cleric, a protestant who nonetheless had a great affinity for catholic Italy, and this duality of interests shows in much of his creative writing as well as his religious tracts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intended as a gift for someone June 1 2014
By Amber
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this as a gift for someone else. They are thrilled to have it in their collection and have looked forward to reading it ever since it was given to them. For a book collector, this is a perfect addition to the library~!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent epic June 24 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The succinct and useful forward to this edition gives the uninitiated Milton reader a wide variety of controversies and themes to be mindful of when reading this epic poem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic work Dec 9 2005
By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Of Man's first disobedience and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till on greater Man
Restore us and regain the blissful seat
Sing, Heavenly Muse...
Not a lot people know that 'Paradise Lost' has as a much lesser known companion piece 'Paradise Regained'; of course, it was true during Milton's time as it is today that the more harrowing and juicy the story, the better it will likely be remembered and received.
This is not to cast any aspersion on this great poem, however. It has been called, with some justification, the greatest English epic poem. The line above, the first lines of the first book of the poem, is typical of the style throughout the epic, in vocabulary and syntax, in allusiveness. The word order tends toward the Latinate, with the object coming first and the verb coming after.
Milton follows many classical examples by personifying characters such as Death, Chaos, Mammon, and Sin. These characters interact with the more traditional Christian characters of Adam, Eve, Satan, various angels, and God. He takes as his basis the basic biblical text of the creation and fall of humanity (thus, 'Paradise Lost'), which has taken such hold in the English-speaking world that many images have attained in the popular mind an almost biblical truth to them (in much the same way that popular images of Hell owe much to Dante's Inferno). The text of Genesis was very much in vogue in the mid-1600s (much as it is today) and Paradise Lost attained an almost instant acclaim.
John Milton was an English cleric, a protestant who nonetheless had a great affinity for catholic Italy, and this duality of interests shows in much of his creative writing as well as his religious tracts.
Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sing Goddess
of how the malodorous oaf Milton did share in bold flatulence his heretical views and cause much stink in the bedroom of Tucker who did paw through that man of bad wind's pages,... Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Loudon Is A Fool
4.0 out of 5 stars More verse and rhyme than you can shake a stick at
Even if you can't appreciate Classical epics and copious amounts of poetic language, this book is still written good enough for one to appreciate. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Lanny
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
In response to 'A Magnificent Failure': Yes, Milton was arrogant, and his language certainly does get high-flown...but it is often very beautiful, to my taste anyway. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by M
2.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent failure.
"Paradise Lost is a book that, once put down, is very hard to pick up again," Samuel Johnson wrote of Milton's massive work, and added that no one ever wished it to be any longer... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Fan of Fred Williamson
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Book
Man, I had to read this book. It was so boring and hard to read. Skip it or read the cliff notes if at all possible.
Published on Dec 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This put Milton among the likes of Dante, Homer and Virgil
This is John Milton's masterpiece, though not the great epic he had intented to create. He actually wanted to write one about his beloved England, something along the lines of... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003 by Robert Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Work of Literature in the English Language
Milton's "Paradise Lost" is the best work of literature in the English language, bar none. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2001 by joetheproofer
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