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John Milton (1608-1674). I.General introduction John Milton:one of the greatest English poets his masterpiece Paradise Lost: considered the greatest English epic, Miltonic style: a grand style with long and powerful blank verse and the theme of universe . II. Paradise Lost

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I.General introduction
  • John Milton:one of the greatest English poets
  • his masterpiece Paradise Lost: considered the greatest English epic,
  • Miltonic style:
  • a grand style with long and powerful blank verse and the theme of universe
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II. Paradise Lost
  • 1.The themes
  • 2.Image of Satan
  • 3.His sympathy with Satan
  • 4.blank verse
  • 5.run-on lines (enjambment)
  • 6.difficult sentence structure
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7.quotations
  • 1 The mind is its own place, and in itself /Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven .(Book 1, 254)
  • 2 Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.(Book 1, 263)
  • 3 Long is the way/ And hard, that out of hell leads up to light.(Book 2, 432)
  • 4 A dungeon horrible, on all sides round/As one great furnace flamed—yet from those /No light, but rather darkness visible/Served only to discover sights of woe
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III.Additional information:Miltonic(Italian)sonnet
  • meter: iambic pentameter
  • rhyme scheme: abba abba cde cde(cdcdcde)
  • one octave(8-line stanza)+one sestet(6-line stanza)
  • octave: problem; sestet: solution
  • (cf English/Shakespearean sonnet: 3 quatrains+one couplet)