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1 Paradise Lost Justifying man’s fallibility

2 Paradise Lost -Published 1667 but written nearly 10 years before; just after the English Civil War -Epic poem of 12 books; mirroring Virgil and also staring in medias res (in the midst of things) -Books 1: ‘preface’ moving into hell where Satan and his followers lie defeated -Book 2: the fallen angels debate and decide to revenge themselves by infiltrating Eden -Book 3: God sees all of this, and foresees the fall of man, meanwhile Satan heads through Chaos into Eden -Book 4: Satan gets to Eden where he is astounded by Adam and Eve’s beauty. However he is caught and ejected before he can enter -Books 5-8: God sends Raphael to the garden to tell Adam and Eve about their enemy, creation and the holy war -Book 9: Satan returns to Eden where he successfully coerces Eve into eating from the forbidden tree of knowledge, creating original sin -Book 10: The Son comes to Eden to judge Adam and Eve, Satan returns to Hell where his comrades transform into Serpents. Sin and Death make it to Earth -Books 11-12: Adam and Eve are banished from Eden, but Michael relates to them all that will come after them. The two leave hand in hand, hopeful

3 Essay Question ‘Nature reflects mankind’s corruption’ Do you agree?

4 What in me is dark Illumin, what is low raise and support; That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert Eternal Providence, [ 25 ] And justifie the wayes of God to men. Book I, Line 22-26

5 Adam, soon as he heard The fatal Trespass don by Eve, amaz'd, Astonied stood and Blank, while horror chill Ran through his veins, and all his joynts relax'd; From his slack hand the Garland wreath'd for Eve Down drop'd, and all the faded Roses shed Book IX, Line

6 From the pure Empyrean where he sits High Thron'd above all highth, bent down his eye, His own works and their works at once to view: High Thron'd above all highth, bent down his eye, His own works and their works at once to view: About him all the Sanctities of Heaven [ 60 ] Stood thick as Starrs, and from his sight receiv'd Beatitude past utterance; on his right The radiant image of his Glory sat, His onely Son; On Earth he first beheld Our two first Parents, yet the onely two [ 65 ] Of mankind, in the happie Garden plac't, Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love, Uninterrupted joy, unrivald love In blissful solitude Book III, Line 55-70

7 Her unadorned golden tresses wore disheveled but in wanton ringlets wav'd As the Vine curles her tendrils, which impli'd Subjection, but requir'd with gentle sway, And by her yielded, by him best receivd, Yielded with coy,submission, modest pride[ 305 ] Book IV, Line

8 What in me is dark Illumin, what is low raise and support; That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert Eternal Providence, [ 25 ] And justifie the wayes of God to men. Book I, Line 22-26

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