In this classic and timeless poem, we encounter an epic and ground-breaking work of poetry written in blank verse during the 17th century. Paradise Lost was originally published in 1667 in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse. A second edition, published in 1674, divided the poem into twelve books (in the manner of the division of Virgil’s Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton’s purpose, stated in Book I, is to “justify the ways of God to men.” Paradise Lost is widely considered one of the greatest literary works in the English language.
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