Study Questions for Milton's Paradise Lost


Questions for Book 9 only


The opening lines of Paradise Lost:

Of Man's First disobedience, and the Fruit

Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste

Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,

With loss of Eden, till one greater Man

Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,

Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top

Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire

That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed,

In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth 

Rose out of Chaos:  Or if Sion Hill

Delight thee more, and Siloa's Brook that flow'd

Fast by the oracle of God; I thence

Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,

That with no middle flight intends to soar

Above th' Aonian mount, while it pursues

Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhyme.

And chiefly Thou o Spirit, that dost prefer

Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure,

Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first

Wast present, and with mightly wings outspread

Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss

And mad'st it pregnant:  What in me is dark

Illumine, what is low raise and support;

That to the heighth of this great Argument

I may assert eternal providence,

And justify the ways of God to men.

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