Patterned on Greek and Roman classics, yet achieving a voice of its own by defying the strict dictates of classical subject matter, Milton’s epic poem is a masterpiece of monumental proportions. His diverse and often awesome use of language creates an effect as surreal and powerful as Dante’s Inferno. This program features probing analysis by Professors Thomas Winnifrith, University of Warwick, and Robert Wilcher, University of Birmingham. Topics include Milton’s creation of hell as one of the great imaginative accomplishments of literature. Also examined are the poem’s anti-Catholic tone; the use of the Narcissus myth; the weak, headmaster-like characterization of God; Eve as the strong, archetypal woman; Satan as hero; and criticism of Milton as a misogynist. A brief biography of Milton highlights philosophical debates of the period. (30 minutes)
From Critical Insights: Good & Evil; 2012, p113-128, 16p: An essay is presented which examines the engagement of John Milton's poem "Paradise Lost" with the problem of evil. It highlights the engagement of the poem on theodicy by turning to Adam and Eve's Genesis account and the creation of humankind as its source of epic thinking. It discusses the study of literary critic Dennis Danielson to the poem of Milton who points out that the account of Milton of God's goodness resulted him through profound meaning to poetic and spiritual heights.
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