An epic poem in four books by Milton, published 1671.
It is a sequel to Paradise Lost, and deals exclusively with the temptation of Christ in the wilderness. According to the poet's conception, whereas Paradise was lost by the yielding of Adam and Eve to Satan's temptation, so it was regained by the resistance of the Son of God to the temptation of the same spirit. Satan is here represented not in the majestic lineaments of Paradise Lost, but as a cunning, smooth, and dissembling creature, a ‘Spirit unfortunate’, as he describes himself. There is a comparative scarcity of similes and ornament, and only a vivid and ingenious expansion of the biblical texts.
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John Milton (1608—1674) poet and polemicist