Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Paradise Lost – John Milton

As previously discussed the epic blank verse poem Paradise Lost was a sort of mirror to Virgil’s Aeneid.  It is considered by critics to be Milton’s major work.  The poem relates the Biblical tale of the fall of man through the temptation of Satan which led to the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

You may read Book 9 of Paradise Lost here:


Alternatively, you may listen to this work in an audiobook format here:




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2 Responses to Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Paradise Lost – John Milton

  1. Paradise Lost; I’ve yet to find time to devote.
    Realizing it’s a classic, I hope I can get to it soon.
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    • On a virtual platform called Second Life, we have been doing a reading of Paradise Lost on Sunday nights. We are currently on Book 4. We read a couple hundred lines and then go back over the phrases and words used to explain their meaning, particularly in the context of the poem. It has been challenging but fun. It’s interesting to think on how familiar Milton expected his readers to be with so many levels of theology. I say all of this in hope of encouraging you to take this work on a bit at a time. There is a lot to learn from the work. Or, at least, I think so.


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