Milton's Paradise Lost (Cliffs Notes) by R. C. Flannagan

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Paul's School, adjoining the famous cathedral in the center of London. At an early age he distinguished himself in the study of languages (he was reading even Hebrew before he went to college) and in the translation and composition of poetry. When he was seventeen, Milton went to Christ's College at Cambridge University. His experiences there were not especially happy at first since the serious young scholar revolted against what he thought was the irrelevant medieval scholastic curriculum of Cambridge and did not get along well with his first tutor.

Abdiel (V, 805) The one angel faithful to God among the legions of those who follow Satan. By defying Satan and rebuking him in the War in Heaven, he becomes an example of free service to God. Adam (III, 285) The general father of mankind, the first and ''goodliest" (IV, 322) of men, made out of "earth's hallowed mold" (V, 321), capable before the Fall of talking with God and eating with angels, tall, handsome, and erect in stature. In Book VIII tells the story of his asking for and receiving Eve from God, but is rebuked by Raphael for all but worshipping his wife.

D. A. University of Colorado Consulting Editor James L. D. Department of English University of Nebraska ISBN 0-8220-0977-3 © Copyright 1970 by Cliffs Notes, Inc. A. , and may not be used in whole or in part without written permission. Cliffs Notes, Inc. Lincoln, Nebraska Page 3 Contents Milton's Life and Work 5 A Brief Synopsis 9 List of Characters 12 Summaries and Critical Commentaries Book I 16 Book II 19 Book III 22 Book IV 27 Book V 32 Book VI 37 Book VII 41 Book VIII 46 Book IX 51 Book X 61 Book XI 69 Book XII 75 Questions for Review 80 Selected Bibliography 81 Page 5 Milton's Life and Work John Milton was born in 1608 into the small family of a fairly well-to-do London scrivener, a combination of lawyer, money-lender, and real estate agent, who was also a composer of some reputation.

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