<i>Paradise Regained</i> and the Memory of <i>Paradise Lost</i>

John Rogers

in The Oxford Handbook of Milton

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Paradise Regained and the Memory of Paradise Lost

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This article, which sets out to understand the import of John Milton's Paradise Regained by shining a new light on that poem's famously opaque climactic action, attempts to explain the way in which the poet crafted his sequel to serve not just as the culmination, but, in a remarkable way, the actual revelation, of the story of Christian history he began in Paradise Lost. The scholarly determination to solve the confounding Christology of Milton's poem has served as a critical bogey, blinding to questions and problems no less pressing or urgent. The critics of Paradise Regained disagree among themselves as to when the Son of God comes into his knowledge of the connection of his present, past, and future existence. The article addresses why the Christological articulations, so important to both Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, have not managed successfully, for a few centuries now, to register with Milton's readers.

Keywords: Paradise Regained; Paradise Lost; John Milton; culmination; revelation; Christian history; Christology

Article.  13030 words. 

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

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