TERMS: allusion, blank verse, Caroline age, Christian humanism, Commonwealth period, epic, epic simile, high style, Jacobean age, theodicy
THEMES: The impact of the Restoration on Milton's plans for a national epic. Milton's adaptation and subversion of the classical epic. Satan as the traditional epic hero. Paradise Lost and Renaissance colonialism. Pre- and post-lapsarian human nature. Classical and Christian theories of choice in Milton's treatment of the Fall. Moral metamorphosis as the engine of creation.
READINGS: Paradise Lost, Books 1-10