Thursday, June 4, 2009

What's Up With Milton? Paradise Lost - Books 5 and 6

Do you believe in angels? And even if you don't, if you did, would the angels you believed in eat? That is: why do Milton's angels eat? (among other things) Is Milton just having a good time with his audience or is there something more important at stake?

To Adam's inquiry, how does Raphael describe the cosmos? particularly the relationship between spirit and matter? Is there a relationship between Raphael's cosmological musings and Milton's emphasis on angelic digestion?

How does the interaction between Gabriel and Satan at the end of Book 4 help in our understandings of Miltonic heroism? What about the interaction between Abdiel and Satan in Book 5? And finally, what about the war in heaven? Is that the place of true heroism?

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