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John Milton's Paradise Regained with Donald McDonough (May 9 session)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 11:00 AM
| For members only | Whitridge Room | $25 for both sessions (recommended); $15 per session

To “justify the ways of God to men,” John Milton wrote Paradise Lost, in which the serpent got Eve and Adam exiled from Paradise. His Paradise Regained interprets an Old Testament prophecy given to that successful serpent, now identified with Satan: “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.”

When Paradise Regained appeared at the bookseller’s stand in 1667 its title appeared in bigger print than Samson Agonistes, published with it. Its publisher wanted to capitalize on the reputation of Paradise Lost. So did its author: he titled the poem as a sequel and began it by reminding us he had sung of the Old Testament’s “happy garden.”

Tight connections exist between the two poems, and in the later, shorter Regained, Satan again begins to “tempt, seduce, allure, terrify, or undermine” another untested opponent. Paradise Regained is the story of the conflict, the debate between Satan and the Son.

A reading list and copies of the items for discussion will be available for registrants to purchase.

This seminar takes place in two sessions, Tuesdays April 11 and May 9, both at 11:00 AM in the Whitridge Room.

To register, click below and log in or contact the Events Office at 212.288.6900 x230 or events@nysoclib.org.