In class with Pato, we had to read the poem Evening in Paradise and we then had to complete the following task.
Before reading the poem, do research on John Milton.
–What kind of writer was he? Explain.
Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. Milton’s poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. He belonged to Romantic poetry and was also known as a metaphysical poet. This meant he inclined to the personal and intellectual complexity and concentration in his poems. Metaphysical poetry is less concerned with expressing feeling than with analyzing it, using especially obliquity, irony, and paradox often reinforced by a dramatic directness of language and by rhythms derived from that of living speech.
-He wrote Paradise Lost. What is it about?
Paradise Lost is an epic poem written in blank verse. The poem, said to be his mayor work, narrates a story about Satan and about Adam and Eve. In the poem, Milton tries to show his opposition to the English church and what it represented.
-Now, read the poem and say what you understand from it using your own words. (work on vocabulary)
This beautiful poem is an extract from the whole poem Paradise Lost. In it, Milton tries to describe Adam and Eve’s life in Paradise and at the same time shows the war between God and Satan. Moreover, it’s very interesting to see Milton’s descriptions of the weather and nature, as they are too vivid and portray a nice image of Dusk, also showing the Paradise’s beauty. In addition, Milton provides a different view from Catholicism as he gives many unrealistic qualities to Eden or the Paradise. Finally, Milton also conveys a lot of tranquility, as he describes a lot the night and as a time to relax and rest.
Here’s a SlideShare Pato made with important information about the poem and the writer: evening in Paradise
Task 1- The following quote provides an analogy between evening and parafise: “Silence accompanied, for beast and bird, they to their grassy couch, these to their nests were slunk”, Night or evening is portrayed as peaceful, silent, made for rest, which shows a similarity to heaven or Paradise as it is shown as tranquil, and relaxing where a final peace can be achieved.
Day and night: “Now came still evening on”.
Nature: “beast and bird, they to their grassy couch, these to their nests”.
Jewels: “Now glowed with living sapphires”
Task 3-literary Devices:
Enjambment is used by the writer to set a rhythm and to catch the reader’s attention.
Alliteration: “these to their nests were slunk”. It is used to express an emotional charge, to highlight the idea that at night it is as if animals must go and rest. Anaphora is used when two lines start with the word “Silence”. This is to emphasize the atmosphere of tranquility that ruled the night.
Yes, I believe that In this scene a clear connection is made between peace and funeral. In the end, we can link peace with sleep or end of suffering, but we can also link funerals with death and death as well relates with sleep. Finally, death is something common and natural, we are all going to die some day and we are probably going to have a funeral and with dead we understand we can obtain a final relief, a natural ethernal sleep.
-Task 5- we did it together in class.