John Milton's "Paradise Lost" Book Review by Mcote

John Milton's "Paradise Lost"
This paper discusses the shared characteristics of the poet and Satan in John Milton's Christian epic, "Paradise Lost".
# 91975 | 2,290 words | 0 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2007 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that, during the time that John Milton was writing "Paradise Lost", he lost his sight and was deeply troubled. The author believes that the parallels he generates between Satan and himself as the poet figure are meant to hint indirectly at his own struggle with his faith and his love of God. The paper establishes this argument, based on textual evidence from the poem, suggesting that these similarities are crucial because they imply a loss of faith on the part of both characters and therefore of Milton.

From the Paper:

"Despite the fact that Milton implies that the poet has acquired God's grace by means of the Bible, he admits that God, as represented by light, does not return his sight: "thee I revisit safe,/And feel thy sov'reign vital lamp; but thou/Revisit'st not these eyes". This passage seems particularly troubling; as Milton's mournful tone suggests a lingering sense of loss and disappointment. Later on, Milton inadvertently furthers this sense of loss by listing all of the things the poet can not see:..."

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