John Milton's "Paradise Lost" : A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook Paperback
Edited by Margaret Kean
Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series
John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost (1667) is a literary landmark.
His reworking of Biblical tales of the loss of Eden constitutes not only a gripping literary work, but a significant musing on fundamental human concerns ranging from freedom and fate to conscience and consciousness.
Designed for students new to Milton's complex, lengthy work, this sourcebook: * outlines the often unfamiliar contexts of seventeenth-century England which are so crucial to Paradise Lost * completes the contextual study with a chronology and reprinted documents from the period * examines and reprints a broad range of responses to the poem, from early reactions to recent criticism * reprints the most frequently studied passages of the poem, along with extensive commentary and annotation of unfamiliar or significant terms used in Milton's work * provides cross-references between the textual, contextual and critical sections of the sourcebook, to show how all the materials can be called upon in an individual reader's encounter with the text * suggests further reading for those facing the huge array of critical work on the poem. With an emphasis on enjoying as well as understanding what can be a somewhat daunting work, this sourcebook will be a welcome resource for anyone new to Paradise Lost.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, 1 black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 09/12/2004
- Category: Literature: history & criticism
- ISBN: 9780415303255