“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 one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat…” ~First lines of Paradise Lost
"It can surely be said that the poem is unique. For it is in many ways a book that teaches you the story of how you came to be reading the book. The subject of the poem is a tale of how the reader came to be fallen, and thus quite capable of utterly misreading Satan as a hero and God as a tyrant; and further, how mankind fell in Adam and is—mercifully—redeemed in the Second Adam." ~From Dr. Horner's Introduction
While Homer, Virgil, and Dante chose to tell the stories of mere men who conquered kingdoms, sacked cities, and passed through terrors, Milton chose as the subject for his epic poem one of the greatest events in the history of the world—the Fall. Milton portrays the devil as a classical hero who infects the first man and woman with pride and self-regard. Milton takes all the best of classical poetry and uses it to tell a story about simple obedience, petty self-love, and unfathomable forgiveness.
The greatest English poem of all time, this Canon Classic tells the heartbreaking story of how man lost paradise, joined with the triumphantly hopeful promise of how God would one day restore it.
Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book’s materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation.
This Worldview Edition features an introduction divided into sections on The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Plot Summary, Worldview Analysis, and and 21 Discussion Questions & Answers.
AUTHOR: John Milton
INTRODUCTION: Grant Horner
PAGE COUNT: 334 pages
ISBN 10: 1944503617
PUB. DATE: October 12, 2021 (first published in 1667)
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