A Guidebook to Paradise Lost

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

byJoe Nutt

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This book provides an accessible route into Milton's complex epic poem, guiding students through the text by a combination of close textual analysis and summary of key themes and techniques. Assuming limited biblical or classical knowledge, it focuses on developing the reading skills necessary for tackling this canonical text.

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This book provides an accessible route into Milton's complex epic poem, guiding students through the text by a combination of close textual analysis and summary of key themes and techniques. Assuming limited biblical or classical knowledge, it focuses on developing the reading skills necessary for tackling this canonical text.

JOE NUTT is currently the Lead Consultant at CfBT Education Trust and previously taught English at the City of London School. He is also the author of An Introduction to Shakespeare's Late Plays and John Donne: The Poems, in the Palgrave Analysing Texts series.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230536646

ISBN - 13:9780230536647

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Table of Contents

Historical and Biographical Context
Religious Mythology
Epic Voyage
Redemption and Free Will
Paradise Perturbed
Wilful Transgression
War in Heaven
Genesis
Divine Love and Love Divine
Wiles and Wilfulness
Crime and Punishment
Loss of Paradise
Banishment and Hope
Further Reading

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"For a self-proclaimed 'guidebook' Nutt's volume eschews the gimmicks that lend so many introductory works an air of accessibility at the cost of intellectual depth: he is assuredly not writing Paradise Lost for Dummies. There are no bullet points, cartoons, or inset boxes featuring trivia about the Barebones Parliament or Arminian soteriology. Instead we have a substantial and tightly-packed volume, though Nutt's prose style is clear and accessible. Nutt excels at looking at the poem over his audience's shoulder, so to speak. He recognizes that the big philosophical, political, and theological questions Milton explores are inseparable from the nuances of language, metaphor, and even syntax; readers are made to see that comprehending the latter will give a much better chance of comprehending the former." - Milton Quarterly