Loved this post on Milton; it seems he was not in such a different situation to today. While he himself has complete confidence in his faith, there are many questions around him. When I first read Paradise Lost it made me see the biblical story in a different way and this blogger who I have been following recently is a thought-provoking guide.
Front Garden early morning 27 August
Last Sunday I started my online reading of Paradise Lost in honor of Milton’s Cottage celebratory reading aloud of the whole poem – which they undertook in order to celebrate 350 years since the poem was first published.
Last week in Paradise Lost 1 I set out my way of reading this poem, and the some of the reasons why I read it. I had started to read the first sentence, thinking about Milton the writer, setting out to do this great thing, knowing it was or should be great, and consciously setting himself across two human cultural traditions, the Classical and Biblical :
OF Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful…
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