Chronology; The chronology of events in Paradise Lost; Part I. Paradise Lost in Milton's Career and Age: 1. 'Long choosing, and beginning late'; 2. Lycidas; 3. Writing in the English Revolution and the Restoration; 4. Milton's blindness; 5. The Christian Doctrine and Milton's theological heresies; Part II. Interpreting Paradise Lost: 6. 'Say first what cause': Paradise Lost and beginnings; 7. 'To raise/That Name': Paradise Lost and epic ambition; 8. The voice of the poet; 9. Answerable styles; 10. Satan: daring ambition and heroic ideology; 11. Hell: geographical place and internal state; 12. God, providence, and free will; 13. Milton's Eden; 14. Adam and Eve and human sexuality; 15. The material cosmos of Paradise Lost; 16. War in Heaven; 17. Creation; 18. The tragedy of the Fall; 19. Postlapsarian history and the inner paradise; Part III. The Literary Afterlife of Paradise Lost: 20. Revisions from the restoration to the romantics.
This volume offers a stimulating introduction to one of the most influential texts of western literature, Milton's Paradise Lost.