Milton and Isaiah
A Journey through the Drama of Salvation in Paradise Lost
Year of Publication: 2000
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2000. XII, 143 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-4288-4 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs
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This book compares Milton's Paradise Lost and the Book of Isaiah, by illustrating that both reflect the essential points of the whole Bible - rebellion, retribution, repentance, and restoration. Thematically, Milton's epic can be called a drama of salvation, which not only re-creates the Genesis story of the Fall of man, but also connects that first episode to the final restoration through Christ. What this study finds in Isaiah and Milton are theological themes and doctrines as the prophetic voice, the providential view of history, disobedience, the «saving remnant», the leader who is paradoxically a Suffering Servant, and the key virtue of humility. In this reading of Paradise Lost, Milton moves beyond the privileging of political activism to a position in which he gives absolute value to the reformation of the individual soul or, as the author terms it, the «inner self».
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Youngwon Park is Professor of English at Namseoul University in Korea. He received his Ph.D. in English from New York University in 1997. He has written several articles on Milton, published mostly in Korean literary journals. This is his first major publication.
Seventeenth-Century Texts and Studies. Vol. 5
General Editor: Anthony Low