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Reading Paradise Lost

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Casting a fresh perspective on the greatest long poem in English, David Hopkins guides the reader through the inspiring poetic lan... Weiterlesen
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Casting a fresh perspective on the greatest long poem in English, David Hopkins guides the reader through the inspiring poetic landscape of Milton’s great epic Paradise Lost, a work of literature which has compelled and fascinated readers down the ages and which offers enduring insight into the human condition 

  • A welcome aesthetic focus on the poetic experience of reading Paradise Lost rather than its religious or political context
  • Provides a nuanced, unified vision of the poem from a celebrated authority on English poetry of the period
  • Includes consideration of the poem's earlier champions and critics
  • Passionately advocates Paradise Lost's continuing artistic and philosophical relevance


David Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. A specialist on English poetry and literary criticism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, he has written two books on John Dryden John Dryden (1986) and Writers and their Work: John Dryden (2004). His latest work, Conversing with Antiquity: English Poets and the Classics, from Shakespeare to Pope (2010), reflects his interest in the enduring influence on English poetry of the literature and culture of classical antiquity. Professor Hopkins has also edited numerous volumes, including (with Paul Hammond) an annotated edition of Dryden's complete poems.


Concise enough to be assimilated in a single session, this short volume maps the wonders of Milton's poetic landscape. The book offers an exploration of some of the main narrative and poetic elements of the epic poem qualities which have compelled and fascinated readers for more than three centuries. The author, a celebrated authority on English poetry of the period, engages with (and attempts to counter) some of the critical arguments that impede readers' enjoyment of the poem. This volume emphasizes the aesthetic experience of reading Paradise Lost and brings out the pleasure to be derived from one of the great literary achievements of humanity.

Preface vii

1 Paradise Lost : Poem or Problem? 1

2 God, Satan, and Adam 23

3 Eden 43

4 The Fall 63

Further Reading 85

Index to lines and passages from Paradise Lost 91

Index to main text and notes 93


Titel: Reading Paradise Lost
EAN: 9781118474426
ISBN: 978-1-118-47442-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Wiley-Blackwell
Genre: Sonstiges Belletristik
Anzahl Seiten: 112
Veröffentlichung: 05.11.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.8 MB
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