Sep 15, 2010

Paradise Lost: Significance of the Invocation

John Milton, in his attempt to create an epical presentation of practically the whole act of creation and transgression of Man, amalgamates Christian faith with tremendous aesthetic competency. Following the elementary classical conventions, he does frame his work within an apparent structural boundary, but eventually surpasses it by his imaginative faculty. In the Invocation itself, he achieves this effect by the dual device of meter and language.
At the very beginning he states the subject matter of his epic, which might appear to be a direct one- “Of Man’s first disobedience”. However, to ignore the technique of inversion that Milton employs would lead the readers mistake the real significance of the words. Placing the object of the sentence at the beginning at once puts the emphasis on man and not on Satan. Then follows the reference to the act of transgression, of the tasting of forbidden fruit. This eventually suggests Milton’s preoccupation with the problem of “choice” as connected philosophically and morally with the problem of “disobedience”

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