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In these pages you will find all of Milton’s verse, from masterpieces such as Paradise Lost–widely viewed as the finest epic poem in the English language–to shorter works such as the Nativity Ode, Lycidas,, A Masque and Samson Agonistes. Milton’s non-English language sonnets, verses, and elegies are accompanied by fresh translations by Gordon Braden. Among the newly edited and authoritatively annotated prose selections are letters, pamphlets, political tracts, essays such as Of Education and Areopagitica, and a generous portion of his heretical Christian Doctrine. These works reveal Milton’s passionate advocacy of controversial positions during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth and Restoration periods.
With his deep learning and the sensual immediacy of his language, Milton creates for us a unique bridge to the cultures of classical antiquity and medieval and Renaissance Christianity. With this in mind, the editors give careful attention to preserving the vibrant energy of Milton’s verse and prose, while making the relatively unfamiliar aspects of his writing accessible to modern readers. Notes identify the old meanings and roots of English words, illuminate historical contexts–including classical and biblical allusions–and offer concise accounts of the author’s philosophical and political assumptions. This edition is a consummate work of modern literary scholarship.
Dennis Danielson aims to open up Milton’s epic for a twenty-first-century readership by providing a fluid, accessible rendition in contemporary prose alongside the original. The edition allows readers to experience the power of the original poem without barriers to understanding.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Milton’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
* Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the poems
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes line numbers for studying purposes
* The complete prose writings
* ‘Paradise Lost’ is beautifully illustrated with Gustave Doré’s celebrated engravings
* Features three detailed biographies – discover Milton’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* UPDATED with the posthumous religious work DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA, which was discovered in a bundle of papers many years after Milton’s death
The Poetry Collections
VERSES FROM MILTON’S COMMONPLACE BOOK
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Prose Works
THE DOCTRINE AND DISCIPLINE OF DIVORCE
THE TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATES
A TREATISE OF CIVIL POWER
DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA
MILTON by Mark Pattison
THE LIFE OF JOHN MILTON by Richard Garnett
MILTON by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
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The edition also includes an essay on the text, a chronology of major events in Milton's life, and a selected bibliography, as well as the first known biography of Milton, written by Edward Phillips in 1694.
" . . .an exemplary job both of presenting the major topics of Paradise Lost and of entering the selva oscura of Milton criticism. . . . Students and scholars alike will appreciate the balanced approach to the complexities, difficulties, and conundrums of Milton's poem and the criticism on it. Kastan's prose is not just lively but chiseled, and it is destined to affect students." --Patrick Cheney, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900
"Kastan is an exemplary editor, attuned to emerging critical currents, yet steeped in the scholarship of an earlier tradition, aware of the text's provenance and reception, alert to its topicality. His introduction, a model of theoretically informed, politically committed, historically grounded criticism, makes this edition of Paradise Lost all you would expect from one of the most erudite and perceptive figures in the field." --Willy Maley, Modern Language Review
After a statement of its purpose, the poem plunges, like its epic predecessors, into the midst of the action, shockingly bringing to the front the traditional visit to the underworld, for Satan’s malice is the mainspring of the negative action. But at the center of the poem lies the triumph by the Son of God over the angelic rebels, which counteracts Satan’s evil design. To preview this pattern, the fallen angels’ council in hell is counterbalanced by a council in heaven, in which the Son offers himself as a scapegoat for mankind long before the original sin has been committed.
With this background, the narrator introduces us to Eden and our “Grand Parents.” Satan is detected spying on them and is expelled from the garden, after which God sends an angel to tutor Adam and Eve in the history of the heavenly war that has led to the present situation. At Adam's request, the heavenly guest then recounts the creation of the visible world, explaining also the proper nature of development, whereby all things proceed from lower to higher by refining that which nourishes them.
Satan, however, returning in the form of a snake, offers Eve an evolutionary shortcut in the form of a magical food capable of endowing her with super powers. He claims it has conferred on him both reason and speech. Since Eve is suffering at the moment from a fancied slight to her moral strength, she allows herself to forget her recent lesson and yields to this temptation. Adam, unable to imagine life without Eve (and failing to explore alternatives to sin), accepts the fruit from her and eats as well.
Sir Ian McKellen stars as Milton in this dramatised retelling of John Milton’s epic poem about the fall of Man
"devilishly good... I urge you to give it a listen" The Telegraph
Milton’s biblical masterpiece, first published in 1667, is one of English literature’s most seminal works. Straddling three worlds – Heaven, Hell and Earth – it tells the gripping story of fallen angel Satan’s rebellion against God, his temptation of Adam and Eve and their subsequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
Written to ‘justify the ways of God to men’, it aimed to show what caused Mankind's fall and the consequences for the world, both bad and good. By reaching back to the beginning of time, Milton hoped to discover the events that had led to the political and societal upheaval of his own era – as well as using allegory to ask powerful questions about authority, government, tyranny and disobedience. In this brand new dramatisation, Milton himself (Sir Ian McKellen) is the blind narrator grieving the loss of his wife, played by Frances Barber.
Also starring Simon Russell Beale as Satan, and adapted by award-winning poet and broadcaster Michael Symmons Roberts, this enthralling drama is a vital piece of storytelling with striking parallels to contemporary events.
Cast and credits
Milton........................Sir Ian McKellen
Satan........................Simon Russell Beale
All other parts were played by members of the company
Written by John Milton
Dramatised by Michael Symmons Roberts
Produced and directed by Susan Roberts
The highly-acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Milton's epic poem telling the story of the fall of man, and also its sequel, "Paradise Regained".
Out of chaos shall come order and out of darkness shall come light. Paradise is lost - and then regained.
John Milton's epic, biblically inspired poems are wonderfully dramatised for BBC Radio starring Denis Quilley as Milton, Ian McDiarmid as Satan and Robert Glenister as Christ, enhanced by specially composed music.
First published in 1667, Paradise Lost describes Satan's plot to ruin God's new and most favoured creation, Mankind, and recounts the temptation of Adam and Eve and their banishment from the Garden of Eden.
Paradise Regained, published in 1671, tells of the temptation of Christ by Satan as he wanders in the wilderness for forty days and nights.
Milton: Denis Quilley
Satan: Ian McDiarmid
Christ: Robert Glenister
Raphael: John Rowe
God: Godfrey Kenton
Adam: Linus Roache
Michael: Mark Straker
Abdiel/Andrew: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Nisroc: John Church
Simon/Angel: Matthew Morgan
Belial: Steve Hodson
Angel: David Thorpe
Are you ready for our latest installment of enthralling horror masterpieces?
Good, then we'll begin with Doug's well researched and passionate introduction to the authors and stories in this volume. This is closely followed by his literary majesty, Edgar Allen Poe, with the well known classic tale 'The Pit and the Pendulum', a visceral account of a mans torment in the prisons of Toledo, during the Spanish Inquisition.
Waking in a world of sensory deprivation and disorientation, Poe takes us through every spine chilling detail of terror as the prisoner seeks to evade his captors inventive attempts to end his life.
Catch your breath before an English storytelling legend, Rudyard Kipling's 'The Mark of the Beast'. Taking you along a mist bound trail for a soldiers tale of the British Empire stationed in colonial India. His yarn of Lycanthropy and men, civilized and uncivilized, and of course werewolves, will leave you in fear of walking the streets alone...
Now, we are proud to unveil our first guest reader, none other than the original, and in our terrified imaginations, the only, Mr Freddy Kreuger himself, Robert Englund.
His first Spinechiller reading mesmerizes as he brings us 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge', Ambrose Bierce's famous American Civil War tale. He paints a tantalizingly clear picture of a man's execution and his fantastical escape.
Next up is HP Lovecraft's 'The Rats in the Walls'. A wonderfully chilling story of a descendent's gruesome discovery of the true evil of his families ancestry. A mansion restored to its lost splendor reveals the horrifying secrets, discovered by a hunt for the scurrying rats in the walls.
Volume Six comes to a close with a poem by John Milton Hayes, inspired by the work of Kipling. 'The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God' is well known for its opening, and gives an overall feel of ironic justice.
So stoke those logs, dim the lights, sit back and relax as the masters of classic horror fill your imagination with tales conjured from beyond our mortal coil.
In Paradise Regained, Satan again is on the prowl, having successfully tempted Adam and Eve, and forced their departure from the Garden of Eden, here he sets out to tempt again - this time Jesus himself, as he comes to the end of his 40 days in the desert. The magisterial poetry of Milton enriches the encounter and, while not matching the greatness achieved in Paradise Lost, provides drama and depth.
John Milton (1608-1674) was an English poet and scholar. His classic verse has been studied and enjoyed by many, both for its insight into Milton’s contemporary times and as a literary exploration of Biblical narrative and themes.