This is the first study that is based on the first edition of Paradise Lost (1667), which is now widely accepted as being closer to Milton's intention and more accurate that the 1664 edition.
The revised introduction describes the poem and its remarkable critical reception, surveying the nine thousand or so critical contributions devoted to it, not least during the last thirty years. Besides providing glosses and illustrations of sources and analogues, the notes refer to extra-literary contexts, religious, political and scientific, aiming to explain Milton's imaginary astronomy, in particular, more fully than any other edition has attempted. The notes also provide an unusual amount of critical commentary, in such a way as to engage with current thought about the poem....Continua
"I feel the link of nature draw me: flesh of flesh
bone of my bone thou art, and from thy state
mine shall never be parted, bliss or woe"