Allowing the students to:
1. grasp the main features of Milton's work with a more specific focus on his Paradise Lost;
2. improve their general knowledge of the religious-epic poem;
3. get an idea of what philosophical poetry is;
4. comprehend the links betweem Milton's life's experiences and his poetical production.

Tempo di apprendimento

Apprendimento in: 3 hours


A How-To Guide

Stage 1 – On your textbook

1.1. Read page 170 [Life and Works] and do Exercise 1.
Read this passage about John Milton’s life and works and pay a particular attention to his living in three different historical periods which, as you can easily see from the table below, correspond to the three main stages of his literary production:

Under Charles I Early works
During the Commonwealth Political prose
After the Restoration The long religious epic poems

1.2. Read page 170/1 [Paradise Lost] and do Exercise 2.
1. Notice that the title Paradise Lost (Paradiso perduto) is referred not to one but to three different Paradises lost by three different characters according to this table:

Satan Being confined in Hell forever, he has lost Heaven
Man (Adam and Eve) Disobeying God they have lost their life in the Garden of Eden
John Milton After the Restoration he had lost his Puritan ideal society

2. Notice also that the title is a perfect example of inversion thus immediately stating the classical style used by Milton;
3. Be sure to understand why Milton adopted the Ptolemaic system even if he was well acquainted with the Copernican one;
4. Understand the reasons why Paradise Lost is a religious epic poem;
5. Focus on its themes and characters with a particular attention on Satan’s character ;
6. Understand the following relations between the Biblical and personal references above all in the initial part of the poem:

God King Charles II Authority, Absolutism…
Satan Milton himself Rebellion, Freedom, Titanism…
The Garden of Eden The Commonwealth The state where Milton could be free…
Hell The Restoration The state Milton can’t accept at all…

Stage 2 – Online

2.1. John Milton (PPT Presentation)
Sum up your knowledge through the reading of the PPT presentation from your textbook.
Pay a particular attention on slides 6. Themes and 9. Style.

2.2. ZTE Test (Online Activity)

Do the self evaluation test on the ZTE website

2.3. John Milton (Video Resource)
Complete your knowledge of Milton’s life and works watching the video. In case you aren’t able to understand some words or sentences you may turn on the subtitles.

2.4. John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ in 4 Minutes: plot, characters and themes. *REVISION GUIDE* (Video Resource)
Extremely concise but definitely perfect for a full revision.

2.5. Milton’s Satan (Online Reading)
Something more about.

2.6. “Satan’s speech” – Analysis (Textbook/Online Reading)
An almost line-by-line analysis of the passage from Paradise Lost – which you can find on page 172 on your textbook. After reading it, do the exercises from 2 to 5 on page 173 so as to fully understand Milton’s initial identification with the character of Satan.

Satan’s Speech

2.7. John Milton and “Paradise Lost” – (WeSchool Test)
A quick True/False test about Milton, Paradise Lost and “Satan’s speech” for a final self-evaluation.

Testing yourselves

Do the attached test and grade your knowledge.


You have 100 seconds to complete it.

Time is over.

John Milton and "Paradise Lost"

1 / 10

In 1634 Milton wrote a masque. What's the name of that masque?

2 / 10

Milton’s Paradise Lost was originally published in 1667 in ten books. The second edition of the text (1674) was composed of how many books?

3 / 10

Following Parliament’s victory in the Civil War, Milton was appointed to a position in Cromwell’s government in 1649. What was his title?

4 / 10

To justify which purpose that Milton wrote Paradise Lost?

5 / 10

In 1638 Milton set off on a tour of France and Italy, meeting another cultural giant whose struggle with blindness prefigured Milton’s own. Who was it?

6 / 10

Milton’s published his first poem in 1630 at the age of 22. What was its title?

7 / 10

Which of the following works was NOT written by John Milton?

8 / 10

At the end of his life, Milton wrote a follow-up to Paradise Lost, a brief epic in four books that treats Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. What is the name of this follow-up?

9 / 10

In which of the following works did Milton promote freedom of speech and oppose licensing and censorship?

10 / 10

At what point does the narration unfolds in Paradise Lost?

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