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Paradise Lost is stamped everywhere with John Milton's opinions and with his personality, in the manner of a Romantic or post-Romantic poet, but the poem is also much larger than Milton. It is often seen today as the inevitable climax of Milton's poetic career. Paradise Lost was not also largely ignored on its appearance, as is sometimes believed. Its greatness of derives from the intensity of Milton's love of both the Bible and classical epic, and his various strategies for mediating between them. Paradise Lost could not have been written without Milton's profound knowledge of ancient epic; but it is a modern poem, in no sense a pastiche of the classical. Milton's achievement in making an epic out of one of the West's major myths was of European scope and vision.
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