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Paradise Lost and the D-Word

Annabel Annabel

in Milton's Words

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573462
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702112 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573462.003.0005
Paradise Lost and the D-Word

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This chapter discusses the main keyword in John Milton's Paradise Lost, which was death. It explains that the word death appears 120 times in this epic poem. It suggests that this frequency indicates that Milton is interrogating its usage, clarifying its power, and warding off its danger. It argues that Milton probably considered death as the most awesome and fearful of all the abstract nouns given his description of it in Paradise Lost.

Keywords: John Milton; Paradise Lost; death; abstract nouns; epic poems

Chapter.  5373 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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