Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 512 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: September 9, 2008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0375757961
ISBN - 13: 9780375757969
About the Book
Epic poem in blank verse, one of the late works by John Milton, considered by many scholars to be one of the greatest poems of the English language, Paradise Lost tells the biblical story of the fall from grace of Adam and Eve
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PARADISE LOST the printer to the reader Courteous Reader, there was no argument at first intended to the book, but for the satisfaction of many that have desired it, I have procured it, and withal a reason of that which stumbled many others, why the poem rhymes not. S. Simmons The Verse The measure is English heroic verse without rhyme, as that of Homer in Greek, and of Vergil in Latin; rhyme being no necessary adjunct or true ornament of poem or good verse, in longer works especially, but the invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretched matter and lame meter; graced indeed since by the use of some famous modern poets, carried away by custom, but much to their own vexation, hindrance, and constraint to express many things otherwise, and for the most part worse than else they would have expressed them. Not without cause therefore some both Italian and Spanish poets of prime note have rejected rhyme both in longer and shorter works, as have also long since our best English tragedies, as a thing of itself, to all judicious ears, trivial and of no true musical delight; which consists only in apt numbers, fit quantity of syllables, and the sense variously drawn out from one verse into another, not in the jingling sound of like endings, a fault avoided by the learned ancients both in poetry and all good oratory. 1. The defense of blank verse and the prose arguments summarizing each book “procured” by Milton’s printer, Samuel Simmons, were inserted in bound co
From the Publisher
Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich, and Stephen M.
John Milton's Paradise Lost, an epic poem on the clash
between God and his fallen angel, Satan, is a profound meditation
on fate, free will, and divinity, and one of the most beautiful
works in world literature. Extracted from the Modern Library's
highly acclaimed The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of
John Milton, this edition reflects up-to-date scholarship and
includes a substantial Introduction, fresh commentary, and other
features-annotations on Milton's classical allusions, a chronology
of the writer's life, clean page layouts, and an index-that make it
the definitive twenty-first-century presentation of John Milton's
timeless signature work.
About the Author
John Milton (1608-74) was one of England's greatest poets and a
master of polemical prose. He was a private tutor and served as
Secretary for Foreign Tongues under Oliver Cromwell.
William Kerrigan, former president of the Milton Society of
America and recipient of its award for lifetime achievement, is
professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts.
John Rumrich is the author of Matter of Glory and
Milton Unbound. He is Thaman Professor of English at the
University of Texas at Austin.
Stephen M. Fallon, author of Milton's Peculiar Grace and
Milton among the Philosophers, is professor of liberal
studies and English at the University of Notre Dame.
"In this landmark edition, teachers will discover a powerful ally
in bringing the excitement of Milton's poetry and prose to new
generations of students."-William C. Dowling, Rutgers
"This magnificent edition gives us everything we need to read
Milton intelligently and with fresh perception."-William H.
Pritchard, Amherst College