1608 - 1674
- Regarded as one of the greatest poets of the English language
- wrote few poems
- most poems written in Latin
- Reputation established on epic masterpiece "Paradise Lost"
- retelling of the Biblical story of the creation, fall and redemption of humanity
- Two epics - Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained
- Begins in medeas res
- dedicated to "justifying the ways of God to man"
- Man has the ability to reason between right and wrong and the free will to choose
- Predestination: God knows everything but his foreknowledge does not mean that people's choices are determined in advance
- Paradise Lost has become as well known as the biblical version
- William Blake
- John Keats
- George Eliot
- by 19th Century Paradise Lost was considered an essential part of every respectable education