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The just created Adam
Transcript of The just created Adam
Paradise lost in an epic poem in blank verse written in the seventeenth century. by the English poet John Milton.
It is considered by critics to be Milton's "major work" and the work helped to solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poet of his time.
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The just created Adam
After the Archangel Raphael has finished the story of creation, Adam asks him about the motions of the stars, sun, and planets. Then Adam tells him what he knows about his own creation.
The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of man. Milton's story is divided in two parts:
The first is about the fallen angel Satan and the war between the God's angels and Satan's forces.
The second is about the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan and their expulsion by the Garden of Eden.
The Milton's purpose is to justify the ways of God to man.
Milton chose the epic genre for his masterpiece because of the greatness of his subject, this form of poetry is very ancient.
John Milton followed the typical conventions in his masterpiece, but he chose philosophical heroes instead of heroes like Achilles.
Also with the
figures of speech
, the poet describes the sensations, for example the olfactory in line 6:
because the poet associates "balmy", that has a positive meaning with "sweat", that has a negative meaning.
figure of speech
that we find is the
"as thitherward endeavouring"
that means that Adam is so wondered to stand up that he feels he is going up to the sky.
And we can consider this figure also an
, because it is an exaggeration.
By using the
figures of sound
the poet makes us feel the sensations that Adam feels:
for example the
) convey the sensation of the softness.
, for example
that is an Onomatopeia
nd me laid,
; which with his beams the sun
Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed.
Straight toward Heaven my wondering eyes I turned,
And gazed a while the ample sky; till, raised
By quick instinctive motion, up I sprung,
As thitherward endeavouring
, and upright
Stood on my feet: about me round I saw
Hill, dale, and shady woods,a nd sunny plains,
And liquid lapse of
John Milton was born in London into a wealthy Puritan family in 1608 and he died in 1674.
Paradise Lost is written during the period of the English monarchy Restoration of Charles II. In that period England had already become a great colonial power and the centre of maritime trade. In that period religion dominated society; the Puritan movement developed among the middle class and the members of Parliament and brought individualism, hard-working attitude and a very strict vision of moral costumes.
Milton literary production is affected by both the Civil War, between the Parliament and the crown, and the Puritan movement, that's probably the reason why he wrote a religious poem.
Historical and social background :