Negotiating fate : John Milton's recreation of the Homeric and Virgilian model of divine intercession
At the beginning of Book 3 of John Milton's English Christian epic Paradise Lost, God is depicted sitting high on his celestial throne in heaven, an image that in its 'ambrosial fragrance' (PL. 3. 135) recalls the pagan Olympus. The Father, an anthropomorphic character in the poem, turns to the Son, foretells the imminent fall of Adam and Eve, and foresees its consequences for the fate of all mankind. The Son intercedes on behalf of man, ensuring the eventual redemption of the human race. ...[Show more]
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