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Milton's Angels: The Early-Modern Imagination

Joad Raymond


Milton's Paradise Lost is a poem about angels. It is told by and of angels; it relies upon their conflicts, communications, and miscommunications. They are the creatures of Milton's narrative, through which he sets the Fall of humankind against a cosmic background. Milton's angels are real beings, and the stories he tells about them rely on his understanding of what they were and how they acted. While he was unique in his imaginative rendering of angels, he was not alone in writing about them. Several early modern English poets wrote epics that explore the actions of and grounds of knowledge a ... More

Keywords: Milton, Paradise Lost, angels, Fall of mankind, Reformation theology, Catholic, Protestant, Reformation Britain, early modern English poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199560509
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560509.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joad Raymond, author
Professor of English Literature, University of East Anglia