The Mystical Design of Paradise Lost

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Bucknell University Press, 1975 - Fall of man in literature - 194 pages
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Identifies and discusses the thematic and structural aspects of the circular pattern underlying Milton's epic poem to elucidate its mystical meanings.

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The Creative Pattern
His Circle Drawn Just
The Interpenetration of Time and Space
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Page 50 - Hail horrors, hail Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell Receive thy new possessor; one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time.
Page 42 - OF Man's First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste Brought Death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed, In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth Rose out of Chaos...
Page 36 - And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out. So much the rather thou, celestial Light, Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers Irradiate ; there plant eyes, all mist from thence Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell Of things invisible to mortal sight.
Page 134 - From their Creator, and transgress his will For one restraint, lords of the world besides * Who first seduced them to that foul revolt...
Page 130 - Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death, A universe of death ; which God by curse Created evil, for evil only good ; Where all life dies, death lives, and nature breeds, Perverse...
Page 61 - Heaven is for thee too high To know what passes there: be lowly wise: Think only what concerns thee, and thy being: Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there live, in what state, condition or degree; Contented that thus far hath been reveal'd Not of earth only, but of highest heaven.
Page 37 - O goodness infinite, goodness immense ! That all this good of evil shall produce, And evil turn to good ; more wonderful Than that which by creation first brought forth Light out of darkness ! Full of doubt I stand, Whether I should repent me now of sin By me done, and occasion'd, or rejoice Much more, that much more good thereof shall spring ; To God more glory, more good-will to men From God, and over wrath grace shall abound.
Page 37 - Round through the vast profundity obscure ; And said, Thus far extend, thus far thy bounds, This be thy just circumference, O World...

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