Paradise Lost by John Milton

Paradise Lost

‘Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n …’In Paradise Lost, Milton produced a poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man. Written when Milton was in his fifties – blind, bitterly disappointed by the Restoration...

Details Paradise Lost

TitleParadise Lost
Release DateFeb 27th, 2003
PublisherPenguin Classics
Number of pages453 pages
GenreClassics, Academic, School, Fantasy, Philosophy, Classic Literature, Poetry, European Literature, British Literature, Mythology, College, Christian

Reviews Paradise Lost

  • Meg
    in middle school i had seen this book lying around the house and for some reason it struck me as very impressive. i didn't ever want to read it but i wanted to give off the impression that i was the type of person who would read it. i did this with a few other books too (catcher in the rye, on the road, ect.) i carried it to school so that teachers would see it in my possession and prominently displayed it on my bedside table to let friends and f...
  • Alex
    There's all this debate over why Satan is so appealing in Paradise Lost. Did Milton screw up? Is he being cynical, or a double-secret atheist? And why is God such a dick?But no one asks whether, say, Shakespeare screwed up in making Iago so much fun; they just give him credit for writing an awesome villain. And that's all Milton's doing. Satan is tempting for us because Satan is tempting for us. That's the point of Satan! If Milton didn't make hi...
  • Patrick Oden
    Portions of this book were assigned for my Brit Lit class. I read about half of the assigned portions. I was distracted at the time by various events in life and wasn't yet a very good student. My professor had done his PhD work on Milton and taught with a contagious passion. So much passion that I decided, after the discussion was over, to buy the whole book. During our five day Fall break in my sophomore year I sat on the front lawn of my colle...
  • J.G. Keely
    Milton wrote this while blind, and claimed it was the result of divine inspiration which visited him nightly. There are few texts that could reasonably be added into the Bible, and this is certainly one of them (the Divine Comedy is another). Paradise Lost outlines portions of the Bible which, thanks to its haphazard combination of mythic stories, are never fully explored. In fact, most of Paradise Lost has become tacitly accepted into the Christ...
  • Rakhi Dalal
    “What does the word ‘Paradise’ signifies to a human being?” Is it the state of blissfulness which one acknowledges in life owing to the absence of all fears as can be experienced in this dwelling place of ours? Or is it an actual place somewhere in heaven which is the ultimate goal that humans wish to achieve?As a child, I had a profound belief in the idea of God and heaven too. Yes, and perhaps the reason I wished to believe in him was t...
  • Natalie Monroe
    Fuck your misogyny. Fuck your scorning Greek gods as false gods, then using its mythology left and right as metaphors. Fuck your punishing the serpent when You knew it was possessed by Satan. Fuck—Ah, forget it.
  • Foad
    درآمدشيطان بعد از سقوطی سخت، به هوش مياد و خودش رو در دره اى تاريك و موحش مى بينه. اما بدون اين كه خودش رو ببازه، سرشار از خشم و طعنه، به يكى از يارانش نهيب ميزنه كه خودش رو جمع و جور كنه. بعد بالاى كوهى ميره و قلمروى دوزخ كه با تمام سپاهیان فرشتگان عصیا...
  • Manny
    (Joint review with JORDAN)[A projection room somewhere in Hollywood. Two middle-aged men are looking at a screen, currently empty:]JERRY BRUCKHEIMER: [for it is he:] Okay Mike, now you've been playing this pretty close to your chest. Show me what you've got.MICHAEL BAY: I'd love to.[The film starts. We see the Garden of Eden. Nothing much is happening. The camera pans around and finally looks at some pretty KUROSAWA-inspired clouds. On the voiceo...
  • Lyn
    When I think of Milton's epic poem about Satan and his fall from grace, I most frequently think of two anecdotes apart from the actual work, brilliant and a foundation of modern literature as it is.First, I recall the scene from Animal House, when Donald Sutherland begins a smarmy, condescendingly pretentious question to his class about Milton's intentions for introducing Satan as such an interesting character, punctuating the delivery with a cri...
  • Jason Koivu
    Who but a blind man could so vividly write of the darkness of Hell?Paradise Lost is fire and passion. It is the pinnacle and the bottomless pit. It is the struggle for all that is good. It is the struggle within the evil of all evils.In the mid-1600s John Milton, aging and gone blind, dictated his most famous work, Paradise Lost, an epic poem that harkens back to Homer and Virgil. It not only tells the so very well-known story of Adam and Eve, it...
  • Ahmed
    توجد بعض الأعمال التي يليق بها القداسة حتى ولو لم تكن من طرف الإله , وإلا لماذا أقسم الله في محكم آياته بما يسطر القلم فقال : (ن وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ) , فالله يعلم أن من البشر من سيسطر أعمال تستحق التخليد والتعظيم أكثر مما يستحق سواها .للحق : ح...
  • Liz Janet
    On Wordpress “This having learnt, thou hast attained the summeOf wisdom; hope no higher, though all the StarrsThou knewst by name, and all th’ ethereal Powers,All secrets of the deep, all Natures works,Or works of God in Heav’n, Air, Earth, or Sea,And all the riches of this World enjoydst,And all the rule, one Empire; onely addDeeds to thy knowledge answerable, add Faith,Add Vertue, Patience, Temperance, add Love,By name to come call’d Ch...
  • Afshar
    از خود کتاب زیاد لذت نبردم ولی توضیحات مترجم در مورد اطلاعات تاریخی و مذهبی خوب بود. در نتیجه فقط یکی بحث های جالب کتاب را در اینجا می آورم:مسئله غامض جبر و اختیار آدمیجان میلتون در دفتر سوم می گوید: عقل اساس انتخاب است و خدا از اطاعت کورکوانه بندگانش ...
  • Clint
    Let's face it, John Milton was a closet devil-worshiper. Satan here is presented so sympathetically it's hard to think otherwise. He has the best lines, and even his actions would be laudable by most Christian standards (excepting, of course, starting a war in heaven). He never gives up, he fights for what he believes in, he's really clever, and he even pities humans for having to be his tools to get back at God. The good angels come off as such ...
  • Incendiaryrose
    I hope no fan of Milton ever reads this review. And if you are a fan of Milton, go find one of many other reviews that will be a little better to your liking.Had I read this book with the perspective of a student, or perhaps even as a potential instructor, I suspect my view of the twelve-book poem would have been far more favorable. As it was, I did not. Rather I read it as myself, a person who is rather sarcastic and critical of most things, but...
  • Brandon Pearce
    WOW! I had never read Milton until I was forced to in my Chaucer/Shakespeare/Milton class and I was blown away! I absolutely loved this epic poem! Milton was the best educated man in England at this time. He spoke or read every European language and even dabbled in Algonquin. He was part of the Cromwell government and wrote a lot of political tracts that contain the roots of much of the political philosophy that is the foundation of our country. ...
  • Fernando
    La lucha entre Dios y Lucifer ("El que lleva la luz") explicada mucho mejor que en la mismísima Biblia. Milton terminó dictándole este libro a sus hijas ya ciego con una imaginería propia de los grandes genios de la literatura. Unos de mis preferidos.
  • Huda Yahya
    No Idea why this part gets me every damn time!O, for that warning voice, which he, who saw The Apocalypse, heard cry in Heaven aloud, Then when the Dragon, put to second rout, Came furious down to be revenged on men, Woe to the inhabitants on earth! that now, While time was, our first parents had been warned The coming of their secret foe, and 'scaped, Haply so 'scaped his mortal snare: For now Satan, now first inflamed with rage, came down, The ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Paradise Lost, John Milton عنوان: بهشت گمشده - سه کتاب اول ؛ نویسنده: جان میلتون؛ مترجم: شجاع الدین شفا؛ نخست تو سخن گوی! زیرا نه آسمان، نه گستره ی ژرف دوزخ، هیچ چیز را از برابر دیدگانت پوشیده نمیدارند! بگو چه چیزی موجب شد که نیاکان گرامی ما را همچنان که بس مورد لطف...
  • Jonathan
    Paradise Lost builds upon a tradition of epic poetry begun with the work of Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. I have held back from fully reviewing this work for a while but I feel that I can at least provide a decent review at this stage.I first read Paradise Lost when one of my teachers recommended it during a devotional session at school. I knew nothing about the work prior to this mention, but being the dedicated reader that I am I knew any ...
  • David Sarkies
    Milton's epic tale of the fall and redemption of humanity18 September 2011 With the exception of Shakespeare this, I believe, is the greatest work of English Literature. Paradise Lost tells the story, in epic poetic form, of the fall of mankind as outlined in Genesis 1-3. While the story is constricted to the opening chapters of the Bible, the scope of the story itself is much wider and encompasses all of human history (at least up until the deat...
  • Kirstine
    “This horror will grow mild, this darkness light.” I didn’t intially love this book, but I liked it. We had to read a few chapters for uni, and I remember wanting to read all of it, despite not understanding it particularly well. Something about it drew me in, so when it came time to pick books for our exam I picked this one along with three others. It was a chance to delve into it, to break it open and peer into the cracks, to reach a deep...
  • Richard
    I can imagine folks reading this and enjoying it. But not me.The story lying at the heart of Paradise Lost was one I really wanted to read. I’ve heard many times that Satan is portrayed as the sympathetic figure, that he’s honest about the absurdity of rebellion against the ultimate power of God yet still so resentful at being created as a servant that he is steadfast to his doom.Some of the subplots here have become recurrent and mythic elem...
  • Jordan
    I have wonder about how much Milton's marriage led to his portrayal of Eve. I have read that while he was writing, "Paradise Lost" he was going through a very turbulent divorce with his wife, and in a way was punishing her through Eve. I believe that you also can see the true love- hate relationship Milton must have had with his wife, through Eve. How Eve is responsible for the fall of man, yet he shows her as a loving person as well. I always go...
  • Annie
    One of those books that I bought and kept intending to read but didn’t. I frequently put this in my physical “immediate to-read” stack of books, but eyed it like a rattlesnake and by the time I’d worked my way down the pile to it, sighed and put it back on the shelf, convinced that like Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” this was something I needed to take a class on to like and complete. I’m glad I forced myself to actually start it though...
  • Manny
    (Joint review with JORDAN)- George?- Mm?- I had such a strange dream.- Was it scary? You were talking in your sleep.- Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer were making a movie of Paradise Lost.- OK, that's scary.The rest of this review is available elsewhere (the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons)
  • Hadrian
    A grand sprawling epic. I can't possibly say anything good about it that has not already been repeated. I am fortunate enough to have a brand new edition with lots of annotations and references. Layers upon layers of allegory and myth and history and religion and fable. Deserves infinite rereadings.
  • Poncho
    Of Man's first experience, on the bookOf that forbidden shelf whose mortal tasteBrought Poetry into the World,Sing, Earthly Muse, that, I thenceInvoke thy aid to my adventurous review,That with no middle flight intends to soarAbove th' Goodreads mount, while it pursuesThings unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.I remember when I was a kid I was told, either by my mother, or my grandmother, or the local priests, a detailed story on Adam and Ev...
  • Roy Lotz
    In poetic genius, Milton is the only English poet who could seriously rival Shakespeare. As they both were from around the same time period, they use similar language; but in style and substance, the two are worlds apart. Shakespeare has his feet firmly planted in human affairs—he can find the whole universe in a conversation on a lazy afternoon. Milton is epic in scale, taking the reader from the pit of Hell, through unformed Chaos, past Earth...
  • Brian Robbins
    By reading “Paradise Lost” I at last solved a problem for myself, but created a new one.THE PROBLEM SOLVEDOn a few previous occasions I’ve begun the poem, only to give up at best, after a couple of the twelve books. The reason being that I’d get to the end of a page of wonderful sound and rhythms, think “What have I just read?”, only to realise that while I’d read the words, I’d not taken any meaning from them. Reading it was like...