Paradise Lost (Norton Critical Editions) by John Milton

By John Milton

Synopsis
Gordon Teskey's freshly edited textual content of Milton's masterpiece is observed via a brand new creation and giant explanatory annotations. Spelling and punctuation were modernized, the latter, importantly, in the limits imposed through Milton’s syntax.
"Sources and Backgrounds" collects correct passages from the Bible and Milton’s prose writings, together with decisions from the explanation of Church govt and the entire textual content of Areopagitica.
"Criticism" brings jointly vintage interpretations via Andrew Marvell, John Dryden, Victor Hugo, and T. S. Eliot, between others, and an important fresh feedback and scholarship surrounding the epic, together with essays via Northrop Frye, Barbara Lewalski, Christopher Ricks, and Helen Vendler.
A word list and chosen Bibliography also are included.

Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction
The lifetime of John Milton
On the textual content of Paradise misplaced

Paradise misplaced
The Verse
Book One
Book
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Book Six
Book Seven
Book 8
Book 9
Book Ten
Book 11
Book Twelve

Sources and Backgrounds
choices FROM THE BIBLE
choices FROM MILTON'S PROSE

Criticism
vintage feedback OF PARADISE LOST
smooth feedback OF PARADISE LOST
On Satan
On God
On Adam and Eve
On kind and Versification
On Christian Ideology
On Feminism
at the Poet Himself
normal Criticism

Glossary of Names in Paradise Lost
Suggestions for additional analyzing

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58 THE TEXT oF PARADISE LosT xxix shall enjoy thy soft embraces" and "thou shalt enjoy him" is ingenious but unpersuasive. " shadier 166 7; shady 16 74 The 1667; Thy 1674 descried; described 1667, 1674. now added in 1674 printing 1667 reads: "they eat, they drink, and with refection sweet/ Are fill'd before th' all-bounteous King, who showrd" fealty; realtie 1667, 1674. (See Shawcross, 2002, p. ) Cf. 262. sheared, emendation of shared 1667, 1674. limn; Limb 1667, 1674. (See note to this line and Shawcross, 2002, p.

4 PARADISE LOST In the beginning, how the heav'ns and earth Rose out of chaos. Or if Sion hill Delight thee more and Siloa's brook that flowed Fast by the oracle of God, I thence Invoke thy aid to my advent'rous song That with no middle flight intends to soar Above th' Aonian mount while it pursues Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. And chiefly thou, 0 Spirit, that dost prefer Before all temples th' upright heart and pure Instruct me, for thou know'st, thou from the first Wast present and with mighty wings outspread Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast abyss And mad'st it pregnant.

Possibly a verb ("can see"), probably a noun. 74. center: of the earth. pole: of the created universe, not of the earth. Milton's Hell is situated not in the interior of the earth but outside the created universe altogether, far off in Chaos. The distance referred to here would be many times the distance from the center of the earth to the upper pole of the cosmos. 6 PARADISE LosT There the companions of his fall o'erwhelmed With floods and whirlwinds of tempestuous fire He soon discerns. And welt'ring by his side One next himself in pow'r and next in crime, Long after known in Palestine and named Beelzebub.

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