English 1022E Lecture Notes - Epic Games, Christian Humanism, Hang Gliding

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Of aims and the man, i sing (delayed verb) I + ii (hell/chaos), iii, iv, v (earth, heaven), flashback to war in heaven, creation of adam and eve, earth - ix (eden/fall), x, xi, xii (consequences of the fall) Milton was born in london; his father was a banker, mother was a social worker/caregiver and was responsible for milton"s interests in social issues. Paradise lost is the great protestant epic and the last great renaissance poem. Milton encouraged to study the bible which he would do late into the night. Milton had the blindness associated with epic poets. Blindness suggests insight, the ability to see into things, beyond reality as it is. Milton learned hebrew, french, greek, latin at a christian-humanist school. Throughout the poem he makes allusions to works of literature in different languages. He has a christian subject (adam and eve) but places it within a classical context (epic)

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