Due Sunday 6
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Do you consider Milton's "Paradise Lost" an epic poem? Why, or why not? What characteristics of the epic does it share?
So as we discussed in earlier forums, the term epic has been defined in many different ways. When talking literature I have determined that "epic" means something specifically amazing or extraordinary. I do consider Milton's "Paradise Lost" to be an epic poem because of how it was written. "Paradise Lost," involves a hero or anti-hero like most epics, it includes supernatural activity and it explains the traditions of people. These characteristics are also common and or similar with the Aeneid, the Iliad, and the Odyssey. Milton used a more serious tone which is quite often used in an epic story or poem. Slim to none do you ever hear of a written epic comedy, but on a more important note of why I believe this poem is considered an epic is that Milton was able to write a poem to reaffirm the reasons behind the current morality and tell the history of events that happened a long time ago so that the readers can get somewhat of an understanding of those events. I found "Paradise Lost" to be a very interesting read because of how it was written and how Milton used ancient history and mythology to write and justify history that so many people still question about even today.
"Paradise Lost: Overview." Paradise Lost: Overview. New Arts Library, n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2016. http://www.paradiselost.org/5-overview.html.
I chose the topic about Milton's Paradise Lost and if it is an epic poem ( you consider), why or why not, and what characteristics does it share with an epic poem. First I had understand what an epic poem was and I read that it was a long serious narrative poem focusing on an event that usually ends up with a hero.
I then picked apart Milton's Paradise Lost 1-9. In my opinion and understanding of what I read I do not think it is completely a epic poem, only because I did not really feel a single hero came out of it. I felt more as if it had several characters like Adam and Eve, Satan and Beelzebub. I feel as if it did have some characteristics of a epic poem though, it was long (very long) and a narrative. It also singled in mostly on the act of Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden. A difference too being that it started in the beginning talking mostly about God and ending up in Hell. The path Satan created and was doomed forever to be apart of.
I think overall though, it can not be a true epic poem because it is missing a little of that, but I am not the expert. I did however enjoy the story, it was hard to read but interesting. I think that it has been one of my favorites thus far. I look forward to more like it.
After droning over Paradise Lost, and having to reread over parts to better understand, I do believe it to be an epic poem. It is a long narrative poem, has a hero( or anti hero depending on how you look at it), and involves the supernatural/mythical. By definition it seems to fit. I think you could look at Paradise Lost's characterization of Adam and even Satan as a hero in sort. Adam shows the true christian hero who has faith and obedience to God and accepts his punishment and torture. Perhaps a parallel to Milton himself who felt that he was suffering in life but that it would be rewarded by his devotion to God? I know that he was blind and also had been imprisoned for a time.
The mythical/supernatural is brought out in his characters. Descriptions of the angels and giving them personalities certainly borders what Christians might consider truth and fantasy. What do my fellow class mates think? Was their any reason it could not be considered an Epic Poem?
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