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About "Paradise Regained"
In purely poetic value, "Paradise Regained" is little inferior to its predecessor. There may be nothing in the poem that can quite touch the first two books of "Paradise Lost" for magnificence; but there are several things that may fairly be set beside almost anything in the last ten. The splendid "stand at bay" of the discovered tempter -- "'Tis true I am that spirit unfortunate" -- in the first book; his rebuke of Belial in the second, and the picture of the magic banquet (it must be remembered that, though it is customary to extol Milton's asceticism, the story of his remark to his third wife, and the Lawrence and Skinner sonnets, go the other way); above all, the panoramas from the mountaintop in the third and fourth; the terrors of the night of storm; the crisis on the pinnacle of the temple -- are quite of the best Milton, which is equivalent to saying that they are of the best of one kind of poetry. -- The Cambridge History of English and American Literature
Meet the Author
John Carey is emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the Universityof Oxford, and is acknowledged as one of the world's leading Miltonists. He has written extensively on Milton's life and poetry and translated his treatise 'On Christian Doctrine' for the Yale "Complete Prose Works of John Milton"
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I love that Milton knows his Bible and apocrypha, that he has insight into what the temptations put to Jesus were about and that his rhythms and his God given wordsmithery make the whole thing flow and with a stormlike atmosphere. I found it interesting, some of the knowledge he had about the Bible and elements that Ive come across in my reading that were known then. If you're looking for a similar themed book on countering temptation "Perelandra" by C. S. Lewis is quite good but a much different style.