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John Milton: Paradise Lost


1st Edition 1667; 2nd Edition 1674

Peter Paul Rubens' painting, The Fall of the Rebel Angels, 1620. Oil on panel. Pinakothek, Munich. Beneath this painting I have placed a "template" as a prompt for contemplating some structural balances of Paradise Lost.

Read also some of Milton's Biblical sources.




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PARADISE LOST: A STRUCTURAL TEMPLATE
PLACE EPIC FORMAT SPACE & TIME CHIEF CHARAC- TERS CHIEF IMAGERY CHIEF GENRES GOD'S ATTRI- BUTES SATAN'S ATTRI- BUTES MAIN THEMES
I Hell Plight of Fallen "Heroes" (Aeneid) Down Satan, Devils    "Burning Lake" 
   "Darkness Visible"
Romance Absence Heroic 

Pride

Primal Hate
II Hell Catalogue and Heroic Speeches 
 
Plane Satan, Devils Dark Light Dramatic Speeches; Revenge Tragedy Absence Heroic Primal Revenge
I 
 
 
Heaven, 

Space

Council of the Gods, 
The Hero's Journey
Up God, Uriel, Good Angels, 
Satan
"Ineluctable    light"; Fountain of Light 
 
Epic Presence Jealous Hate Godly Love, 
The Creative 
Individual
IV Eden Edenic Love 

Raphael's Retrospective Story

Plane Adam, Eve, Raphael Dark & Light Woven Together Pastoral Walks in Garden Mixed Love & 
Jealous Hate
Edenic Love
V Eden Godly Messenger 
Raphael 

Raphael's Retrospective Story

Plane Adam, Eve, 
Raphael
Dark & Light Woven Together Pastoral Absence Jealous Hate & Revenge Human Love , 
Service to God
VI Heaven War in Heaven  

Raphael's Retrospective Story

Down Abdiel, Angels, Messiah, Devils Expanded Space & Time Epic Battle Messiah Appears Heroic Pain, Battle Frenzy Primal Sin Shown as External 

Psycho-machia

VII Heaven Creation of the Universe, Raphael's Retrospective Story Up God, Angels, Michael, Gabriel, Messiah Expanded Space and Time Epic Creation Myth Presence as Creator Absence Heavenly Love's Creativity
VIII Eden Debates & Discussions& Gardening, 
Prayer
Plane Adam, Eve, Raphael Garden, 
 
 
Pastoral Messiah Walks in Garden Hidden Messiah's 

Limited Presence

IX Eden Spiritual Battle And "Fall" of Adam & Eve Down Adam, Eve, Raphael, Satan (As Serpent) Black, Dark Colors, Regression, 
Decay
Pastoral, Theology, Psycho- Machia Only God's Voice in Garden Tricky Lawyer & Theologian Human Self-love, Jealousy, Pride
X Eden, Then Earth Fallen Heroes 

(Aeneid)

Down Adam, Eve, And Michael Darker Colors, Decay Fallen Hero as Victims Absence Small, Mean Snake Human Meanness
XI Eden, Then Earth History of World (The Falls of Human-kind) Down Adam, Eve, And Michael History History Absence Small, Mean Falls And Risings in History
XII Eden, Then Earth History of Good, 
Regeneration, 
The Expulsion
Up, 

Plane

Adam, Eve, and Michael History, 

Vision

History, 

Pastoral

Limited Providence Will Be Stepped on Falls and Redemption "Paradise Within, 
Happier Far"
 

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