‘that Fatall and Perfidious Bark’
In his epic poem Paradise Lost, John Milton uses voyage imagery based on the idea of the Fall. In her discussion of the poem, Isabel MacCaffrey noted the ‘heavy change’ from pastoral innocence to a dark journey by sea and an ultimately regained Paradise. The idea of the Fall is most evident in apportioning the blame for the wrecking of Edward King's ship. Milton creates a pathway to facilitate the passage of devils to Earth and people to Hell. He also persists in similes in which Satan is compared with mariners voyaging in search of wealth or new territories.
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