Milton’s work, “Paradise Lost” can be considered to be an epic poem. There are several characteristics of an epic poem that is evidenced in the “Paradise Lost”. For example, a common element seen in epic poems that were written before Milton’s poem, such as Homer’s “Iliad” , is seeking divine inspiration by invoking the powers of a muse to speak through the writer. This is demonstrated in Milton’s work when he writes, “Sing Heav’nly Muse, that on the secret top: Of OREB or, of Sinai…” Here Milton is seeking the guiding hand of a muse, but not just any muse. Milton is asking God to directly intervene and tell his story of creation through Milton. Typically an epic poem must be long and poetically well-constructed utilizing elements of poetry such, metaphors and similes, personification, and symbolism. Milton’s work “Paradise Lost” is clearly a poem as it is not written in prose, and utilizes figurative language. This is evidenced by Milton comparing the stature of Satan to that of the ancient Greek titans. Another common element in an epic poem is that theme of the main character being a military hero; often the hero must overcome some insurmountable odds. At the very onset of the story we are introduced to Satan right after his legions are defeated and cast out of heaven by God - Satan is the underdog of the story. Satan is portrayed as the military hero, and is shown to be courageous, albeit foolhardy, because he is attempting to overthrow God, who is an omnipotent being incapable of being defeated. Satan is also portrayed as a very charismatic military
and how changes to these conditions allowed a transformation of genre and a dissemination of revolutionary new ideas into society. I intend to highlight the close relationship between genre and society during the period, with references to Lovelace’s poem Song. To Lucasta, going to the warres, Milton’s Paradise Lost and Sonnet 16 2,3 ,4. I shall then continue by showing that the consequences of the crisis and revolution are profoundly prevalent long after the Restoration of 1660 and literature was at…
Paradise Lost and the fall of man: Milton versus Genesis
Milton adapted and elaborated on the Book of Genesis to create an epic poem he titled Paradise Lost in order to better grab the readers attention. By fictionalizing the story of the fall of man it became more understanding, more believable, more emphatic, and more relatable to the reader. Often outspoken against Catholocism, Milton used his stories to promote Protestantism. His version is much longer than the Biblical version…
furthers his claim by analyzing “the dilemma of romantic apostasy as the poetics of a political reaction” (ibid, 12). Having spent time in both France and London during the years of revolutionary upheaval, William Wordsworth permeated his autobiographical epic, The Prelude, with a comprehensive consciousness that is based on his eyewitness account of the way in which Britain politically responded to France in the aftermath of the French Revolution (Gill, 20). Wordsworth’s apostasy in the wake of the French…
love poetry, science fiction, absurdism, etc.) to retell the Gospel stories? What can such very different representations say to one another, and to us?
Readings may include works by: Teresa of Avila, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Dostoevsky, T. S. Eliot, D.
H. Lawrence, Allen Ginsberg, and Octavia Butler
Films may include: Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Matrix
Assignments: two short essays (3-5 p.), final paper (10 p.), no exams
90S.03. American Literature’s Spirits. Instructor C. Spinner…
Frankenstein, Shelley referred to the creature as "Adam". Shelley was referring to the first man in the Garden of Eden, as in her epigraph:
Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould Me man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?
John Milton, Paradise Lost (X.743–5)
The creature has often been mistakenly called "Frankenstein". In 1908 one author said "It is strange to note how well-nigh universally the term "Frankenstein" is misused, even by intelligent people, as describing some hideous…