Satan and Man: Same Fall, Different Landings: Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagoni...
Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagonist of Paradise Lost c.1866 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man

Restore us, and regain the blissful seat.

John Milton (1608-1674) is considered one of the most important English writers of all time, ranking with Shakespeare and Chaucer. Milton was a devout Puritan and was disowned by his Catholic father. Unlike many Puritans of his day, Milton did not condemn recreational enjoyments, like art, sports, and theater, and he loved music. Milton was probably the most educated of all the English writers up to that time; he knew five languages, and the Bible almost from memory. Milton became completely blind by the age of 44.

Milton believed he was called by God to speak out against society’s evils. He wrote pamphlets on topics such as marriage and divorce, censorship, and politics. Milton’s other literary works include 23 sonnets, several elegies and odes, a masque drama, and a dramatic poem. Paradise Lost (1667), his opus magnum and best-known work, is considered by some to be the greatest poem ever written. Continue reading “Satan and Man: Same Fall, Different Landings: Paradise Lost”