Inside Paradise Lost: Reading the Designs of Milton’s Epic

Princeton University Press
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The book uncovers patterns of allusion and verbal design that structure the meaning of Paradise Lost.  Arguing that the loss of Eden at the Fall of Adam and Eve is also the gain of Christian freedom, it describes the message of Milton’s great epic to be “make love, not war” or, as the poet puts it: “to create / Is greater than created to destroy.”


The James Holly Hanford Award, The Milton Society of America