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Annabel Patterson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573462.001.0001

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Paradise Lost and the D-Word

Paradise Lost and the D-Word

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(p.94) Paradise Lost and the D-Word
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Milton's Words
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Annabel Annabel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573462.003.0005

This chapter discusses the main keyword in John Milton's Paradise Lost, which was death. It explains that the word death appears 120 times in this epic poem. It suggests that this frequency indicates that Milton is interrogating its usage, clarifying its power, and warding off its danger. It argues that Milton probably considered death as the most awesome and fearful of all the abstract nouns given his description of it in Paradise Lost.

Keywords:   John Milton, Paradise Lost, death, abstract nouns, epic poems

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