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Transcript of Paradise Lost
John Milton was the second child of John and Sara.
Milton's father, John Milton Sr. was a scrivener (a legal secretary). His job involved preparation of documents, and real estate.
John Milton was taught classical languages by a private tutor and later in St. Paul's School in 1620.
In 1625 he got into Christ's College, Cambridge.
He was a argumentative student and got suspended because of a argument with his tutor.
One of Milton's greatest dreams was to bring Epics of the likes of Homer and Virgil to the English language.
He brought this dream to life in Paradise Lost.
He originally had other ideas for the Epic.
These included an epic about Oliver Cromwell and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Milton became blind in 1654 and recited the Epic of Adam and Eve to his daughters and they wrote it down for him.
He was born in London on December 9, 1608 and died in November, 1674. He was an English poet who wrote many works including, his life's work, Paradise Lost.
Satan enters the Garden of Eden, where he finds Adam and Eve and becomes jealous.
He hears them talk of God’s commandment not to eat the Forbidden Fruit and hatches a plan to get them to break the commandment.
Uriel feels Satan’s evil intent and warns Gabriel and the other angels guarding Eden.
They then find Satan and banish him from Eden.
God sends Raphael to warn Adam of Satan’s intentions and they talk about his fall and the war over dinner.
He tells Adam that mankind was created to replace the fallen angels in Heaven.
Satan return to Eden and enters a snake.
He finds Eve alone and persuades her to take a bite of the Forbidden Fruit.
Eve finds Adam to tell him what she has done and he takes a bite not wanting to leave her.
With their innocence lost they become angry at each other and start blaming one another.
The Son of God comes to judge the sinners mercifully delaying their death.
Sin and Death sense Satans success and build a highway to Earth where they now reside.
Upon returning to hell Satan and the other fallen angels are turned into snakes as punishment.
Then back in Eden, Michael (an angel) reveals to Adam the future of mankind and then banishes Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden
Music by: We Butter the Bread with Butter
The story starts in hell, after Satan and his followers were defeated in a war they waged against God.
They build their own palace in Hell named Pandemonium and hold a meeting on whether they should keep fighting against God.
Beezelbub suggests that they attempt to corrupt God’s beloved new creation, humankind.
The fallen angels all like the idea and Satan volunteers to go himself.
At the gate of hell, Satan meets his offspring, Sin and Death, who let him through the gates after hearing his plan to corrupt man.
He journeys across chaos till he sees the new universe floating near the larger globe which is heaven.
God sees Satan flying towards Earth and sees the Fall of Man
and his son offers to sacrifice himself for mankind
Satan flies towards the Sun and tricks an Archangel Uriel into showing him where Adam and Eve are.
Milton attended plays in London which began his interest in poetry.
On December 25, 1629 Milton composed "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity".
In 1632 he published his poem "On Shakespeare".
In 1634 Milton's Comus (a masque) was performed at Ludlow Castle.
It's music was made by Henry Lawes (a famous court composer).
On April 1637, his mother died, and a few months later his friend King Edward died as well. This caused him to compose his elegy (a poem of serious reflection), Lycidas, which was published at Cambridge in 1638.
John Milton: Writing Paradise Lost
In 1638 John Milton went on a tour of Europe in which he met several scholars.
He supposedly even met Galileo.
He cut his tour short due to rumors of civil war impending in England. And the death of his childhood friend Charles Diodati.
After returning home he composed Epitaphium Damonis, a Latin poem in memory of his friend.
Milton married Katherine Woodcock in 1654, and they had a daughter.
However both Katherine and their daughter died in 1658.
Milton published many works which were against king Charles II, and he was forced to go into hiding.
He was later found and sent to jail, but shortly after released in 1660.
In 1663 Milton remarried again to Elizabeth, and finished his epic Paradise Lost which was published in 1667, and the second edition was published in 1673.
Milton died of gout (inflammation of joints) in 1674.
Milton settled in London and then the civil war started while king Charles I was invading Scotland.
Milton started writing political pamphlets.
In 1642 Milton married Mary Powell who left him, and in August, the civil war started.
In 1643 Milton wrote some papers on divorce which caused uproar.
Milton supported freedom of press on which he wrote his work, Areopagitica.
In 1646 Mary Powell returned and they reconciled due to their daughter Anne being born.
In 1647 Milton's father and father-in-law died.
In 1652 Milton lost his sight which made him write "When I Consider How My Light Is Spent".
(3.56 - 99)
This is our first sight of Heaven. The first two books only concern Hell. God is just sitting in Heaven with his Son and angels, when he begins to say the following:
Now had the Almighty Father from above,
From the pure Empyrean where he sits
High Thron'd above all highth, bent down his eye,
His own works and their works at once to view:
About him all the Sanctities of Heaven [ 60 ]
Stood thick as Starrs, and from his sight receiv'd
Beatitude past utterance; on his right
The radiant image of his Glory sat,
His onely Son; On Earth he first beheld
Our two first Parents, yet the onely two [ 65 ]
Of mankind, in the happie Garden plac't, (place)
Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love,
Uninterrupted joy, unrivald love
In blissful solitude; he then survey'd
Hell and the Gulf between, and Satan there [ 70 ]
Coasting the wall of Heav'n on this side Night
In the dun (dull) Air sublime, and ready now
To stoop with wearied wings, and willing feet
On the bare outside of this World, that seem'd
Firm land imbosom'd without Firmament , [ 75 ]
Uncertain which, in Ocean or in Air.
Him God beholding from his prospect high,
Wherein past, present, future he beholds,
Thus to his onely Son foreseeing spake.
Onely begotten Son, seest thou what rage [ 80 ]
Transports our adversarie, whom no bounds
Prescrib'd, no barrs of Hell, nor all the chains
Heapt on him there, nor yet the main Abyss
Wide interrupt can hold; so bent he seems
On desparate reveng, that shall redound [ 85 ]
Upon his own rebellious head. And now
Through all restraint broke loose he wings his way
Not farr off Heav'n, in the Precincts of light,
Directly towards the new created World,
And Man there plac't, with purpose to assay [ 90 ]
If him by force he can destroy, or worse,
By some false guile pervert; and shall pervert
For man will heark'n to his glozing lyes,
And easily transgress the sole Command,
Sole pledge of his obedience: So will fall, [ 95 ]
Hee and his faithless Progenie: whose fault?
Whose but his own? ingrate, he had of mee
All he could have; I made him just and right,
Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall.