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Author Forsyth, Neil, 1944-
Title The satanic epic / Neil Forsyth.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2003.

Author Forsyth, Neil, 1944-
Subject Milton, John, 1608-1674. Paradise lost.
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Characters -- Devil.
Christian poetry, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Epic poetry, English -- History and criticism.
Fall of man in literature.
Devil in literature.
Good and evil in literature.
Description 1 online resource (x, 382 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-370) and index.
Contents Introduction -- A brief history of Satan -- The epic voice -- Follow the leader -- "My self am Hell" -- Satan's rebellion -- The language of "evil" -- Of man's first Dis -- Homer in Milton: the attendance motif and the Graces -- Satan temper -- "If they will hear" -- At the sign of the dove and serpent -- "Full of doubt I stand": the structures of Paradise lost -- Conclusion: signs portentous.
Summary The Satan of Paradise Lost has fascinated generations of readers. This book attempts to explain how and why Milton's Satan is so seductive. It reasserts the importance of Satan against those who would minimize the poem's sympathy for the devil and thereby make Milton orthodox. Neil Forsyth argues that William Blake got it right when he called Milton a true poet because he was "of the Devils party" even though he set out "to justify the ways of God to men." In seeking to learn why Satan is so alluring, Forsyth ranges over diverse topics--from the origins of evil and the relevance of witchcraft t.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781400825233 (electronic bk.)
1400825237 (electronic bk.)
0691113394 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0691099960 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780691099965 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 436045950
Additional Format Print version: Forsyth, Neil, 1944- Satanic epic. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2003 0691113394 9780691113395 (DLC) 2002025138 (OCoLC)49260993

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