John Miltons Paradise Lost In Plain English by Joseph LanzaraHooked on classics? Nothing like the vast offerings of Miltons Paradise Lost for the simple reason--evil presented with unparalleled mastery! I find that I revisit this book and am still amazed at the levels of understanding Milton was able to reveal in his work. Here was a man obsessed by a Muse that he pleaded to (which was not that unique for his time period but still...the Muse delivered, lol) towards guiding him to make plain the fall of man. Hell has never been better described. The fall from the heavenly setting to a world of unimagined chaos begins the journey for the reader that is not the road less travelled but more the was it worth it? Believe it or not, Miltons version makes the efforts of evil to make sense of their new world worth it.
I continue to look forward to mining the beauty that is present in this classic. For those that might come across this review, add to your discovery of this tome with a sonnet by George Meredith, Lucifer in Starlight.
12/7/14: another entry--I never tire of this novel. Miltons birthday is December 9th. Ive read somewhere that the best way to read PL is in one setting. For me, I like rediscovering the gems that are embedded. I just finished focusing on PL8. 398-474. The concept of companionship, the exercise of free will and the wonderment of the creation of Eve is so dynamically presented though dialogue that it renders me ALMOST speechless. Milton had to be under the divine influence to craft such powerful verse.
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Book I: Satan wakes up in Hell and rallies his fallen friends. Which action passed over, the Poem hastes into the midst of things; presenting Satan, with his Angels, now fallen into Hell—described here not in the Centre for heaven and earth may be supposed as yet not made, certainly not yet accursed , but in a place of utter darkness, fitliest called Chaos. Here Satan, with his Angels lying on the burning lake, thunderstruck and astonished after a certain space recovers, as from confusion; calls up him who, next in order and dignity, lay by him: they confer of their miserable fall. Satan awakens all his legions, who lay till then in the same manner confounded. They rise: their numbers; array of battle; their chief leaders named, according to the idols known afterwards in Canaan and the countries adjoining. To these Satan directs his speech; comforts them with hope yet of regaining Heaven; but tells them, lastly, of a new world and new kind of creature to be created, according to an ancient prophecy, or report, in Heaven—for that Angels were long before this visible creation was the opinion of many ancient Fathers.
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Chat or rant, adult content, spam, insulting other members, show more. Harm to minors, violence or threats, harassment or privacy invasion, impersonation or misrepresentation, fraud or phishing, show more. Paradise Lost in full, free modern english version? Paradise Lost by John Milton, of course. Not songs are bands. Goddamn I tried reading the poem like six times but couldn't understand anything! It's almost as bad as trying to read the bible.