Paradise Lost (Penguin Classics)
Author: John Milton
The epic poem Paradise Lost tells the story of the fall of man. The poem details Satan’s journey to the Garden of Eden and his intent to destroy God’s new creation, and examines the personalities and motivations of Adam and Eve, before and after the fateful temptation. Paradise Regained was published four years after Paradise Lost, and alternatively focuses on the temptation of Christ and the recapturing on all that man had lost in Paradise Lost.
After publishing Paradise Lost, author John Milton was immediately recognized and lauded as one of the greatest English poets. Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained have influenced numerous poets and writers, including many of the Romantics, William Blake, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and T. S. Eliot.