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Analysis of Paradise Lost by John Milton

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Analysis of Paradise Lost by John Milton, Book I, lines 1-10 '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, Sing, Heavenly Muse, that on the secret top Of Oreb, or of Sinai, dids't inspire That shepherd, who first taught the chosen seed In the beginning how the heavens and earth Rose out of chaos;...' Paradise Lost is a religious-philosphopic epic written in blank verse, the English heroic verse. It includes myth, legend, folklore and history and it's of national significance since it embodies the history and aspirations of a nation in the grand style. ...read more.

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Thirst for revenge led him to cause man's downfall by turning into a serpent and tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. The first words of Paradise Lost state that the poem's main theme will be man's first disobedience. The poem itself represents two moral paths that one can take after disobedience: the downward spiral of increasing sin and degredation, represented by Satan, or the road to redemtion, reperesented by Adam and Eve. Milton narrates the story of Adam and Eve's disobedience, explains how and why it happens and places the story within the context of Satan's rebellion and Jesus' resurrection. The first two senteces are extremly compressed, containing information about Milton's reasons for writing his epic, his subject matter and his attitudes towards it. ...read more.

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He asserts that this original sin brought death to human beings for the first time, causing us to lose our home in Paradise until Jesus restores humankind to its former position of purity. Milton's speaker invokes the muse, a mystical source of poetic inspiration, to sing about his subjects through him. His muse is the Holy Spirit whom he asks to fill him with knowledge of the beginning of the world, because the Holy Spirit was the active force in creating the universe. Milton's approach to the invocation of the muse sets the pattern for all of Paradise Lost. Milton's speaker announces that he wants to be inspired with sacred knowledge because he wishes to show to man that the fall of humankind into sin and death was part of God's greater plan which is justified. ...read more.

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