Paradise Lost: Introduction
CUP Archive, 1972 M03 9 - 186 pages
In this, the first introductory volume of the Cambridge Milton for Schools and Colleges, Professor Broadbent, the general editor of the series, presents background and introductory material essential to students for a proper understanding of Paradise Lost. Chapters on mythology, the epic, the writing, publication and subsequent editing of PL and on Milton's ideology and world-view, provide the background to the poem as a whole. The second half of the book engages with the poetry at a more detailed level and examines themes, structures, allusion, language, syntax, rhetoric, similes, rhythm and style, always showing the reader how he can best understand and appreciate Milton's usage. Extensive quotation from PL and other works by Milton and others helps to make all clear.
Adam and Eve allusion angels animals become Bible Book called century chaos Christian classical creation dark death divine earth edition effect English epic epic similes especially essay evil example fall fallen feel fell fire follow force fruit garden Genesis give Greek hand heaven hell hero heroic human ideas illustrations Italy kind king language Latin light lines living look materials means metaphor Milton mind myth nature notes once original Orpheus paradise Paradise Lost passage perhaps play poem poet poetry reason referred renaissance romance round Satan seems sense similes sometimes soul spirit stars story structure style syntax things thou thought trans tree turned universe verse VIII whole write