The ‘World’ of Paradise Lost

Karen L. Edwards

in The Oxford Handbook of Milton

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697885
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The ‘World’ of Paradise Lost

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This article discusses the ‘world’ of Paradise Lost. It focuses on two passages: Satan at the threshold of the universe, PL iii. 418–97, and his approach to the garden of Eden, iv. 153–66. These are rich passages, their usefulness for the purpose deriving from the extraordinary efflorescence of imagined worlds that occurs whenever the fallen Satan prepares a new assault on an unfallen Creation. To study the articulation of worlds in the ‘world’ of Paradise Lost, a reader must draw upon the insights yielded by all these scholarly approaches. Reformation hindered is now Reformation postponed and indefinitely delayed.

Keywords: Paradise Lost; world; Satan; Eden; Creation; Reformation

Article.  7248 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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