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 Paradise Lost: A poem in twelve books
(3,215 words)


John Milton

Date: 1667, 1674

Original Language: English


John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, written in blank verse or ‘English heroic’, was first published in quarto in 1667. It was divided into ten books. The second edition in octavo followed in 1674, reorganised into 12 books (on the difference between the two editions, see R.G. Moyles, The text of Paradise Lost, Toronto, 1985). The poem has 10,565 lines. Many editions and works of commentary have followed (see Mi…

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Bennett, Clinton, “ Paradise Lost: A poem in twelve books”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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