John Milton's "Paradise Lost" is an epic narrative poem comprised of twelve books, each dealing with a theme on Adam and Eve's fall from Paradise. The first book proposes the whole subject, "Man's Disobedience."Continue Reading
Each book of Milton's epic begins with an argument that sets the tone for the reasons and debates involved in man's fall from heaven. Some of the main characters include God, Satan (Beelzebub), Adam, Eve and the archangels.
Adam is widely considered to be the protagonist of Milton's epic, styled after Aeneas from Homer's Iliad. But unlike Aeneas, whose first act is heroic, Adam's first act is disobedience.Learn more about Poetry
John Milton's sonnet "How Soon Hath Time" is a contemplation on the relationship between youth, adulthood and time. The sonnet is believed to have been written as a response to a friend who was pushing Milton to join the ministry and to stop studying and wasting his life.Full Answer >
John Milton's "On His Blindness" is an English sonnet about a man who surrenders himself to the will of God. In it, Milton confesses that midway through his life, he has been rendered blind and suffers great personal grief to the point that his only hope is in the mercy of God. In many ways, this poem is an allegory, in that Milton uses his story to represent universal plight and struggling among mankind.Full Answer >
A summary and analysis of a poem contains the classification of the poem, such as epic, narrative or descriptive, the themes of the work and the literary devices used throughout. It also contains a discussion about the tone of the poem, the narrative perspective and a conclusion about the work as a whole.Full Answer >
William Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us" and John Milton's "Paradise Lost" are both examples of poems that include oxymorons. Wordsworth's lyric poem refers to a "sordid boon" while Milton describes "darkness visible" and "that bad eminence," among other seemingly contradictory descriptions in his epic poem.Full Answer >