Paradise Lost (Oxford World's Classics) by John Milton

By John Milton

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Paradise misplaced is the nice epic poem of the English language, a story of huge drama and pleasure, of uprising and treachery, of innocence pitted opposed to corruption, within which God and devil struggle a sour conflict for regulate of mankind's future. The fight levels throughout heaven, hell, and earth, as devil and his band of insurgent angels conspire opposed to God. on the middle of the clash are Adam and Eve, influenced via all too human temptations, yet whose final downfall is unyielding love.
This amazing version boasts an advent via considered one of Milton's most famed smooth admirers, the best-selling novelist Philip Pullman. certainly, Pullman not just offers a basic advent, but in addition introduces all the twelve books of the poem. In those commentaries, Pullman illuminates the facility of the poem and its success as a narrative, indicates how we must always learn it this day, and describes its effect on him and his acclaimed trilogy His darkish fabrics, which takes its name from a line within the poem. His observations supply a tribute that's either own and insightful, and his enthusiasm for Milton's language, ability, and ultimate presents as a storyteller is infectious. He encourages readers mainly to event the poem for themselves, and hand over to its appeal.
Pullman's super admiration and keenness for Paradise misplaced will allure an entire new iteration of readers to this vintage of English literature. an excellent present, the e-book is superbly produced, revealed in shades all through, illustrated with the twelve engravings from the 1st illustrated variation released in 1688, with ribbon marker.

About Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman is the writer of various children's books, and such a lot famously the trilogy His darkish fabrics, well-liked by either youngsters and adults. His darkish fabrics has been tailored for the level and played on the nationwide Theatre, London in 2003 and 2004. the 1st a part of the trilogy, The Golden Compass, was once published as a movie in 2007 starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.

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Princes, potentates, Warriors, the flower of heaven, once yours, now lost, If such astonishment as this can seize Eternal spirits; or have ye chosen this place After the toil of battle to repose Your wearied virtue, for the ease you find To slumber here, as in the vales of heaven? Or in this abject posture have ye sworn To adore the conqueror? who now beholds Cherub and seraph rolling in the flood With scattered arms and ensigns, till anon His swift pursuers from heaven gates discern The advantage, and descending tread us down Thus drooping, or with linkèd thunderbolts Transfix us to the bottom of this gulf.

Darkened so, yet shone Above them all the archangel: but his face Deep scars of thunder had intrenched, and care Sat on his faded cheek, but under brows Of dauntless courage, and considerate pride Waiting revenge: cruel his eye, but cast Signs of remorse and passion to behold The fellows of his crime, the followers rather (Far other once beheld in bliss) condemned Forever now to have their lot in pain, Millions of spirits for his fault amerced Of heaven, and from eternal splendours flung For his revolt, yet faithful how they stood, Their glory withered.

He now prepared To speak; whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round With all his peers: attention held them mute. Thrice he essayed, and thrice in spite of scorn, Tears such as angels weep burst forth: at last Words interwove with sighs found out their way. O myriads of immortal spirits, O powers book i 590 600 610 620 book i aradise o Matchless, but with almighty, and that strife Was not inglorious, though the event was dire, As this place testifies, and this dire change Hateful to utter: but what power of mind Foreseeing or presaging, from the depth Of knowledge past or present, could have feared, How such united force of gods, how such As stood like these, could ever know repulse?

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