Paradise Lost by John Milton

Paradise Lost

John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle rages across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth - as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God. ...

Details Paradise Lost

TitleParadise Lost
Release DateFeb 27th, 2003
PublisherPenguin Classics
GenreClassics, Poetry, Fiction, Literature, Religion

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...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Paradise Lost is the quintessential epic poem and its protagonist, Satan, is the quintessential anti-hero. “Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven.” It’s almost impossible to read this without, in some way, sympathising with him. Although he is vain, full of pride and evil, he is still a fallen angel. And that’s kind of important. In the early cantos he is powerful, persuasive and godly though he, ultimately, becomes corrupted ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Leo .
    Is Satan coming? Are we in the End of Days?Is the Earth heating, under the Sun's Rays?Is it all make believe, manipulation, or true?Why on this wonderful Earth, is everybody blue?Are we in the Rapture? Impending Doom?Lightning strikes, sink holes and thunderous sonic boomsEbola and earth quakes, hurricanes and tornadoes tooNow I can see why we are feeling blueForest fires, tsunamis, land slides and HailWatching the mainstream news, it looks like ...
  • Natalie Monroe
    EDIT 26/12/2018: I'm not answering comments on this review anymore because I find that I have to constantly repeat myself. If you feel the need to point out Paradise Lost is a classic and was written during an era when women had few rights, please refer to the comment section. I'm fucking done. The 50-word review that launched a thousand trolls:Fuck your misogyny. Fuck your scorning Greek gods as false gods, then using its mythology left and righ...
  • Fergus
    THE CONQUEST OF PRIDEThe road winds inListlessness of ancient war,Langour of broken steel,Clamour of confused wrong, aptIn silence. Memory is strongBeyond the bone. Pride snapped,Shadow of pride is long....T.S. ELIOT, RANNOCH AT GLENCOEWhen T.S. Eliot visited the Scottish Highlands in his later years, he saw at first hand the site of the Glencoe Massacre at the time of the doomed Jacobite uprising of 1689. As he mused, who knows if he also though...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • James
    Book Review 3.5 out of 5 stars for Paradise Lost, the first of a two-book series, written in 1667 by John Milton. I've only read the first book in this series, but would like to read the second piece at some point. These are epic poems telling of the battle between Satan and God for control over the human soul. It's truly an introspective piece, as I believe Milton threw so much of himself, as well as people in general, into this work. It's capt...
  • 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...
  • Liz Janet
    “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 Charitie, the s...
  • Michael
    I still have my old grad school copy of this work, earnestly annotated with references to Ovid and Homer and (once) Terminator 2. But through all that Milton's words shine forth, depicting the struggle between good and evil, which is a struggle precisely because Satan is so alluring and interesting (by far the most interesting character here, which of course didn't escape the notice of later Romantic writers who were themselves drawn to the anti-...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Uncontrollable Madness: “Paradise Lost” by MiltonMilton wrote a great poem but it's also a byproduct of its day - 1667 - and he views events and characters very much through the male gaze; as do all organized religions and which the poem references. Thus, the apple on the tree of knowledge was (imo) something a religious-minded white Portuguese male would regard as sinful. As it sta...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elie F
    Paradise Lost: the failed divorce of an unhappy marriage?Adam and Eve lived a comfortable yet boring married life that pleased Adam well, but Eve was unhappy with the inequality in the marriage: Why is he enjoying conversations with angels and proximity with God while I stay at home preparing dinner? She enjoyed the love of Adam but gradually she became ever more disinterested in Adam and would rather talk to her own image mirrored in lake. Then ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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.
  • J. Sebastian
    Upon arrival at the last page of this epic story, a rich symphony of beauty, expressing the loss of Paradise in gorgeous arrangements of language wherein each word is precisely chosen, I am left, book in hand, contemplating the rich tapestry of song that Milton has woven on the loom of English heroic verse; the finished whole is vast in its sweep and exquisite in its details. I am stunned by its beauty, and left speechless as I follow Adam out of...
  • Maru Kun
    In Book VIII of Paradise Lost the Angel Raphael is sent by God to converse with Adam concerning creation, celestial motion and Man’s place in God’s Creation.Adam uses this opportunity given by God to learn about the Human Condition and the future of mankind to ask Raphael about his sex life, thus becoming the world’s first tabloid reporter: Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask;Love not the Heav’nly Spirits, and how their loveExpress th...
  • 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)
  • Jonathan Terrington
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...