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
“THE FIRST 12 LINES SHOW AN ANALOGY BETWEEN EVENING AND PARADISE” ACCOUNT FOR THIS.
The first 12 lines show an analogy between evening and paradise. The writes expresses that night is beautiful, it’s the time when you rest, when you are at peace. This description of the night is used to explain heaven, paradise. Both have similar features, such as resting, being at peace, being beautiful, and so the explanation of the evening is used to compare and explain heaven too; that’s why it is said to be an analogy.
SEMANTIC FIELD: “DAY/NIGHT – NATURE – JEWELS”. QUOTE TO PROVE THIS.
-Day/night: “twiglight” “lightingale” “moon” “dark” “wakeful” “silence” “descant”
-Nature: “lightingale” “beast” “bird” “nests”
_Jewelry: “sapphires” “glowed” “hesperus” “brightest” “majesty”
FIND AT LEAST THREE LITERARY DEVICES AND EXPLAIN THE IMAPCT ON THE READER. WHY ARE THEY USED?
- Enjambent is used to catch the reader’s attention, to keep him trapped and following the poem until the end.
- There is a very powerful analogy in the poem. There is an analogy between sleep and death. The poet is using the “night”, the “rest”, “noon” to explain a greater thing, heaven, death and afterlife. This is made because sometimes, to explain such a great and complex topic as death, it’s better to use analogies with normal, daily thing such as sleeping.
- Personification is also used in the poem. “Silence was now pleased.”. In this line we can see that there is a personification. SIlence is givene human characteristics, silence cannot be pleased.
IS THE SCENE JUST PROTRAYED AS A PEACEFUL NATURAL SCENE? COULD THIS ALSO BE A FUNERAL SCENE? ACCOUNT FOR YOUR ANSWERS.
In my opinion, it can be seen from both point of views, since an analogy is made. The peacful natural scene could be sleeping, that could also be accositaed with death. But, now, it depends on what do you think when you think about a funeral scene. Aren’t funerals natural scenes? I think that they completely are because we are all surely going to die so it’s natural. Aren’t funerals peaceful? In my opinion they also are, maybe the person that died was suffering from a horrible disease and now she is in rest, finally tranquil.
“light” “fresh morning” “labour” “eyelids” “retire” “risen” “work”