At a glance:
- Author: John Milton
- First Published: 1671
- Type of Work: Brief Epic Poetry
- Genres: Poetry, Epic, Narrative poetry
- Subjects: Sin or Original sin, Religion, God, Christianity, Good and evil, Bible, biblical imagery, or biblical symbolism, Jesus Christ, Devils or demons, Middle East, Resurrection, Theology, Heaven, Satan or Satanism, First century, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
- Locales: Holy Land
As the poem opens, neither Christ nor his followers understand his messianic role. Having fasted in the desert for 40 days, he is approached by his adversary Satan in disguise. Satan has heard the voice of God proclaiming Jesus His son and seeks to discover the meaning of the declaration.
Satan tempts Christ to assuage hunger, first by seeking to have him turn stones into bread and then by presenting an elaborate banquet. Recognizing his adversary, Christ refuses the blandishments.
In a second sequence, Satan tempts Christ by offering him wealth, power, and imperial sway....
(The entire page is 500 words.)
Want to read the whole thing?
Subscribe now to read the rest of this article. Plus, get access to:
- 30,000+ literature study guides
- Critical essays on more than 30,000 works of literature from Salem on Literature (exclusive to eNotes)
- An unparalleled literary criticism section. 40,000 full-length or excerpted essays.
- Content from leading academic publishers, all easily citable with our "Cite this page" button.
- 100% satisfaction guarantee READ MORE