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- Publisher: Oxford University Press (1942)
- ASIN: B001J1VKJ4
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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A Preface to Paradise Lost
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Is a book about Paradise Lost likely to be read only by the true believers? Perhaps, but the ideal reader would be someone who has struggled to get past the first book or two and would appreciate getting the hindrances cleared out of the way.
I have bought this book twice but have no copy of it now: don't lend it out if you want to get it back.
Milton's influence on "Perelandra" is very evident, for Lewis took everything he did not like in Milton and threw them out in the elaborate construction of "Perelandra". It is obvious Lewis greatly admires Milton, and his tribute to him is very great indeed.
One issue, as some critics have pointed out, is Lewis's inability to appreciate spoken poetry, which is a very real weakness. Other than that, however, "A Preface to Paradise" lost stands as one of Lewis's best work of scholarship and will greatly add to anyone's understanding of Milton's aim and theology in general.
Lewis deals with the several key issues in Milton. One thing often misunderstood by the Romantics was it seemed to have a positive portrayal of Satan, and how lordly he sounds. The idea of better to be a king in hell than a slave in heaven is of course an absurd one, but from this Lewis builds his great little novel "The Great Divorce."
Ultimately, like Tolkien with "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics", Lewis has written the definitive textual commentary to "Paradise Lost", and probably the most read book on Milton as well as far as literary criticism goes.
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In Preface To Paradise Lost, Lewis talks about what Milton was trying to accomplish with this epic, and this critical work will always stand in very high circles indeed in Milton scholarship. Much of his wisdom is sound, especially when it comes to judging a thing. Lewis says to judge something we must know what it is and what it is intended to do, and then he goes into types of epic poetry and what Milton is trying to accomplish with his work.
Milton's influence on Perelandra is very evident, for Lewis took everything he did not like in Milton and threw them out in the elaborate construction of Perelandra. It is obvious Lewis greatly admires Milton, and his tribute to him is very great indeed.
One issue, as some critics have pointed out, is Lewis's inability to appreciate spoken poetry, which is a very real weakness.Read more ›
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This book got me through my A level English - we studied Book 4 and I soaked up all that CS Lewis said about Paradise Lost. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2011 by Rocke Harder