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Author: John Milton

Year Published: 1667

Type: Epic poem

Genre: Allegory

Perspective and Narrator:

Paradise Lost is told by a third-person omniscient narrator. Readers learn that the narrator is the author, John Milton, when he inserts references to himself, as he does in discussing his blindness in Book 3: "these eyes, that roll in vain/To find thy piercing ray."


Paradise Lost is told in the present tense.

About the Title:

Paradise Lost refers to the expulsion of the first humans, Adam and Eve, from the Garden of Eden after they commit sin by eating from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge.


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