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Despite being born into prosperity, Milton worldview was forged by personal and political canada goose store struggle. A committed republican, he rose to public prominence in the ferment of England bloody civil war: two months after the execution of King Charles Canada Goose Coats On Sale I in 1649, Milton became a diplomat for the new republic, with the title of Secretary for Foreign Tongues. (He wrote poetry in English, Greek, Latin and Italian, prose in Dutch, German, French and Spanish, and read Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac).

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canada goose clearance When Milton began Paradise Lost in 1658, he was in mourning. It was a year of public and private grief, marked by the deaths of his second wife, memorialised in his beautiful Sonnet 23, and of England Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, which precipitated the gradual disintegration of canada goose uk shop the republic. Paradise Lost is an attempt to make sense of a fallen world: to the ways of God to men and no doubt to Milton himself.

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The poem begins with Satan, the Angel cast into hell after rebelling against his creator, God. Refusing to submit to what he calls Tyranny of Heaven Satan seeks revenge by tempting into sin God precious creation: man. Milton gives a vivid account of First Disobedience before offering a guide to salvation.

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Like Cromwell, Milton believed his mission was to usher in the kingdom of God on cheap Canada Goose earth. In Milton version, Eve surrenders to temptation in part to be closer to Adam, more to draw his love She wishes for the freedom to err ( is faith, love, virtue unassayed? When she does succumb, Adam chooses to join her: lose thee were to lose myself he says:

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When Paradise Lost was published in London in 1667, Milton had fallen out of favour. Just months before the restoration of the Stuart monarchy in May 1660, he had published a pamphlet denouncing kingship. Now Milton was scorned, his writings were burned, goosefrshop.com and he was imprisoned in the Tower of London only narrowly escaping execution after the intercession of a fellow poet, Andrew Marvell.

Yet Paradise Lost gained immediate acclaim even among royalists. The poet laureate John Dryden reworked Milton epic, casting Cromwell a regicide with dictatorial tendencies in the role of Satan. Samuel Johnson ranked Paradise Lost among the highest of the human mind Milton style was suggestive and free from what he called troublesome and modern bondage of rhyming.

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