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Paradise Regained

John Milton

Book Overview: 

Paradise Regained is a poem by the 17th century English poet John Milton. It is connected by name to his earlier and more famous epic poem Paradise Lost, with which it shares similar theological themes. Based on the Gospel of Luke’s version of the Temptation of Christ, Paradise Regained is more thoughtful in writing style, and thrives upon the imagery of Jesus’ perfection in contrast to the shame of Satan.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Copartner in these regions of the World,
  If not disposer—lend them oft my aid,
  Oft my advice by presages and signs,
  And answers, oracles, portents, and dreams,
  Whereby they may direct their future life.
  Envy, they say, excites me, thus to gain
  Companions of my misery and woe!
  At first it may be; but, long since with woe
  Nearer acquainted, now I feel by proof 400
  That fellowship in pain divides not smart,
  Nor lightens aught each man's peculiar load;
  Small consolation, then, were Man adjoined.
  This wounds me most (what can it less?) that Man,
  Man fallen, shall be restored, I never more."
    To whom our Saviour sternly thus replied:—
  "Deservedly thou griev'st, composed of lies
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Community Reviews

To be a fan of classic literature it is imperative to read, at least once, the powerful poetic epic that is "Paradise Lost". As far as "Paradise Regained", well...this story is not so illuminating, but is still a beautifully written poem. Most everyone living in a Western Civilization already kno...more

[*I won't mark spoilers but will assume that if you read this you have read Paradise Lost or know the story of the creation of the world and the fall of man as recounted in the book of Genesis.]

"Some natural tears they dropp'd, but wip'd them soon;
The world was all before them, where to choose
The...more

Paradise Lost is bar-none the greatest work of literature in the English language, and I suspect it stands up pretty well against what the rest of the world has to offer. Milton took a handful of Bible verses and expanded them into 10,000 near-perfect lines on the nature of sin, temptation, good...more

This book took me a long time to read. Three months to be exact. It’s some seriously dense epic poetry. Some of Paradise Lost reminded me a lot of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, especially the lines about flames that produced darkness and the idea of Satan doing the opposite of God but God turns it...more

i just had to add this. i HAD to.

“Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.”
Did I buy it because our king Magnus Bane quoted it, bitch maybe. I ain’t admitting shit. “Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is’’
I can’t even with the poetry part. Also Paradise Regained is not...more

John Milton's poems are much more than the epic account of the Fall of Man and the redemption brought by Jesus Christ.
Two factors make his work the greatest achievement in Christian epic poetry: its literary uniqueness and its religious unorthodoxy.

Its uniqueness is quite obvious: there is just...more

As Blake said, "The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & God, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a true Poet, and of the Devil's party without knowing it."

Milton's work is really, really good. It has epic gun battles between angels and demons, and...more

I read both of these in high school, what feels like millennia ago. I remember enjoying them a lot - the blank verse, the vivid description of Satan and Pandemonium, his palace in Hell (which is portrayed with dismaying terror in a painting by John Martin preserved at Musée du Louvre). Milton's b...more

I think this was my seventh reading of PL, only my second of Regained. I never get tired of them.

This book must be removed from high school syllabi immediately, and become the reserve only of those who can truly appreciate it. No teenager has ever been capable of grasping the infinite layers of brilliance in these poems, and it is doing the work a disservice to dessimate it into Cliff's Note...more

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