Check out my Paradise Lost book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book.Paradise Lost is an epic poem by John Milton, first published in 1667 in ten books. The 1674 edition contained 12 books . The poem describes in blank verse the story of the first man, Adam.

 

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The book has been reprinted a huge number of times and translated into many languages, including Russian.

Milton also wrote the sequel Paradise Regained. It is believed that both poems reflected both the biblical history and the turbulent political life of England in the 17th century, as well as the personal fate of the author.

Paradise Lost book summary

The poem develops the plot of the book of Genesis about the fall of people, about the creation of the world and about the formation of hell, which is in pitch darkness (English utter Darkness) or chaos. The fallen angel, also known as Satan or the Serpent, plays a big role.

He rebels against God because he does not want to kneel before his son; secretly takes away a third of the angels (rebellious angels - English Rebel Angels) and organizes an armed struggle against the angels, and is the cause of the fall of man. In the poem, Adam and Eve led a married life even before the fall,

but after it, sexual love began to take on a different character. Eve in the poem is very beautiful and independent of Adam. After she ate the forbidden fruit, Eve gives Adam the fruit to eat in the name of their love. He complies despite the fact that the angel Raphael warned him not to eat. Having violated the order,

 they are expelled from Paradise, and then they must get their own food. But the son stands up for them before God, after which an angel descends and gives them hope for the future.

At the end of the poem, Adam is shown the future offspring and the whole future before the coming of the Messiah.

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