In the middle of seventieth century, there lived a successful political activist and poet John Milton, who wrote one very famous book “Paradise lost”. Milton was a puritan and in those days, it meant having quite radical political views. His work “Paradise Lost” became a Puritanical work, if to look at it like at series of arguments put forth by the characters, which presented Milton’s personal truth. Milton thought of creating an epic poem quite a long period of time. He decided to make its subject the fundamentals of Christian theology. He began writing of “Paradise Lost” in the late 1650’s, being already blind, so the entire writing work was done by his secretaries.
This work has a lot of elements that define epic form. First of all, it is a long narrative poem. It follows a tradition of hero or anti-hero. “Paradise Lost” has war actions and supernatural elements. It starts in the middle of the action. Moreover, this poem also presents the traditions and ideals of people. All these elements are common for the Iliad, the Odyssey and the Aeneid, so it is easy to understand that this story is an epic one. It is necessary to mention that this poem is in non-rhyming verse. It is composed in a verse from the same that was used by Shakespeare – iambic pentameter.
In 1667, “Paradise Lost” was published in ten chapters for the first time. In 1674, Milton decided to change the poem and divided the longest two chapters into four. He also included an introductory “argument” in prose form, where he summarised the plot of every chapter, in order to prepare readers for the following complex poetry. It was necessary, because of the great number of analogies and digressions into ancient mythology and history. The basic story line describes the story of Adam and Eve. It also uses other elements of the Bible, including Satan’s role. This poem is focused on the fall of Adam and Eve, by showing the cause and result of their actions. The last to chapters provide a complete summary of Genesis.
For centuries, people criticized and praised this work, but it always was a book that is worth attention and critical thinking. When people read it, they always find something that attracts their attention and provokes for deep thinking. Nevertheless, it is the greatest epic poem in English literature. In 1671, John Milton published another his work – Paradise Regained. Looking at the title, it may seem to be a similar poem, but it is quite different and not that popular.
In the middle of seventieth century, there lived a successful political activist and poet John Milton, who wrote one very famous book “Paradise lost”. Milton was a puritan and in those days, it meant having quite radical political views.