Islamabad Model College for Boys, F-10/4, Islamabad

BS English
ELL-102: Introduction to Literary Studies

Paradise Lost
Read the poem carefully. Answer the questions only after you have thoroughly studied the poem.

Book-I (Lines 1:26)

Of Mans First Disobedience a formulaic epic opening like the one used in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeneid
, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of
EdenThe garden where Adam and Eve were placed at the time of creation
, till
one greater ManJesus

Restore us, and regain
the blissful SeatParadise
, (5)
Heav'nly MuseHoly Spirit
, that on the secret top
OrebMount Horeb (Another name of Mount Sinai)
, or of
SinaiSacred mountain where Moses received the "Ten Commandments"
, didst inspire
That ShepherdMoses
, who first taught
the chosen Seedthe people of Israel
In the BeginningAt the time of Creation
how the Heav'ns and Earth
Rose out of Chaos: Or if
Sion HillMount Zion (a sacred hill in Jerusalem)
Delight thee more, and
Siloa's Brooka sacred pool in Jerusalem
that flow'd
Fast by
the Oracle of Godthe holiest part of the temple in Jerusalem
; I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above th'
Aonian MountMount Helicon in Aonia sacred to the classical muses
, while it pursues (15)
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
And chiefly Thou
O SpiritThe Holy Spirit understood as Moses' inspiration when composing the Torah
, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread (20)
satst broodingsat (on eggs) to hatch
on the vast
Abyssa bottomless hole

mad'st it pregnantfilled it with matter and life
: What in me is dark
Illuminelight up
, what is low raise and support;
That to the highth of this great

I may
th' Eternal
ProvidenceThe forseeing care and guidance of God
, (25)
justifie the wayes of God to menexplain to the people the Will of God behind the Fall of Man