John Milton's Paradise Lost — what can one say? Perhaps my expectations were too high, or my frame of mind too low when I read it last month. No theme could not be loftier, and there are inarguably striking poetic passages. But the work somehow doesn't work for me, except intermittently.

So what rises to the surface and is flagged for memory, alas, are distractions such as:

Not to mention the heavy theology, misogyny, and psychology. Perhaps it will be better for me next time ...

(cf. ParadiseLostFound (11 Jun 2001), ...)

TopicLiterature - TopicPoetry - 2007-01-24

(correlates: ParadiseLostFound, Comments on ImpossibleStandards, RunningBored, ...)