Essay on Impact Of Religion On John Milton 's Paradise Lost

2192 Words Dec 5th, 2016 9 Pages
Christian McCartney
William Nolen
British Literature 
4 December 2016

Paradise Lost in Religion?
Impact of religion on John Milton 's "Paradise Lost"
All that Milton has written over half a century pales next to his masterpiece "Paradise Lost." While still a student, the poet decided to create an epic work that would bring fame to England and its literature. Initially, he intended to make the epic of the legendary King Arthur. However, at a time of fierce struggle against the monarchy, his project was impossible to be implemented.
The plot of "Paradise Lost" has been taken from the Bible. Milton appealed to the holy spirit to give him an inspiration: “What in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support; That to the height of this great Argument I may assert Eternal Providence, and justify the ways of God to men” (Milton and Fowler). The Old Testament myth of the sinful fall of the first people put on the basis of "Paradise Lost," has attracted writers before Milton. This myth has been used in works of the French poet Du Bartas, Dutch author Hugo Greece, and the famous Netherlands writer Joost van den Vondel. All of them in one way or another influenced John Milton.Referring of Milton to the source from which the English people borrowed "language, passions and illusions" for their bourgeois revolution, was repleted with deep meaning, and in an atmosphere of winning reaction, the poet has stated that the spirit of the revolution was not dead, that her ideals are alive…

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