A classic worth reading!
I had heard mixed things about “Paradise Lost”. On the one hand, I had heard it spoken of in a derogatory fashion, with much eye-rolling. A boring, long-winded book read more as a class requirement than anything.
On the other, I have heard it referred to as a literary masterpiece that was, and still is, very influential in its’ scope and character portrayal, being referenced in poetry, art, books (like Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”), and even Star Trek.
My personal opinion is: it’s a challenging yet satisfying read. The story, while based on the very familiar Biblical account of Adam and Eve’s first Sin and subsequent expulsion from Eden, takes an interesting look at the devil and his reaction to both his damnation and (in a very interesting way) his initial meeting with Eve.
On the down-side, to say that Milton is a “name-dropper” is an understatement. He has a really bad habit of making way too many analogies to describe one event, and fills page after page with them.