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Philip Edwards

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235125

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317415

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‘that Fatall and Perfidious Bark’

(p.179) Chapter Eight—Milton
Liverpool University Press

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.

Keywords:   Paradise Lost, John Milton, voyage, imagery, Fall, Hell, similes, Satan, mariners, ship

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