- Milton writes oddly: if Yoda wrote in very long sentences, then this is how he would write.
- the heroic couplets were far more fashionable at this time, and his blank verse is weird
- read outloud: it's very useful
- how the sound works with what's being said is very important **USE THIS FOR THE PAPER
- don't bother with the footnotes, unless you really need them. or read through first and then come back
- he talks a lot, so that means that he must be important
- it's blatently stated that Satan is in charge
- he's large
- the book begins with a typical epic: the hero has been kicked out and needs to find a new home
- however, Satan's not a good guy, which makes it odd to cheer for him
- Milton is trying to "justify the ways of God to man"
- why, then, does he start with Satan
- exclamation marks - these are the first two ou