A Guidebook to Paradise Lost by Joe NuttA Guidebook to Paradise Lost by Joe Nutt

A Guidebook to Paradise Lost

byJoe Nutt

Hardcover | September 29, 2011

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Paradise Losthas excited and provoked poets and critics for over 300 years. This introduction provides an accessible route
into Milton's influential epic poem, guiding students through each of the twelve books by a combination of close textual analysis
and summary of key themes and techniques.

Without assuming prior knowledge, Nutt helps navigate the book's biblical and classical background and its relationship to seventeenth-century history. Focusing on developing the reading skills needed to approach this important and complex poem
independently,A Guide to Paradise Lostis essential reading for all students of Milton.
JOE NUTT is currently Principal Consultant at CfBT Education Trust and previously taught English at the City of London School. He is the author ofAn Introduction to Shakespeare's Late PlaysandJohn Donne: The Poems.
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Title:A Guidebook to Paradise LostFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 inPublished:September 29, 2011Publisher:Red Globe PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230536646

ISBN - 13:9780230536647

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Milton and his England: The Historical and Biographical Context of Paradise Lost.- 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 Activities and 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