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John Milton and "Paradise Lost"

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Lauren Prichard

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Themes Contrast Disobedience Heroism Discussion Questions Obviously there are many theological assumptions and arguments in Paradise Lost. In this work, does precise theology even matter or should the work just be accepted as an artistic interpretation of the Fall through which we can gain broad truths about God, sin, and mankind? In Book I, Milton asks the Holy Spirit for revelation so that his work might be an accurate account. Do you think this was simply him following the classical practice of calling upon a muse, or was he actually hoping for divine inspiration? Does this add or subtract from his credibility? John Milton
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McColley, Grant. "Paradise Lost." The Harvard Theological Review 32.3 (1939): 181-
235. Web. 4 Nov. 2012. <http://0-www.jstor.org.library.regent.edu/stable/1508278> Bibliography John Milton 1608 - Born in London, England
Educated at St. Paul’s School and Christ's College, Cambridge
1640 - Began writing pamphlets
1642 - Married first wife
1649-1658 - Served as Secretary for Foreign Tongues to the Council of State
1652 - Had gone completely blind
1662 - Published Paradise Lost
1674 - Died in London
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