epic Discuss Milton's Paradise Lost as an epic?
Here is a list of the most common characteristics of an epic. Milton clearly follows the conventions of this form of literature.
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- Long narrative poem, usually written in blank verse.
- Starts "in medias res"
- Starts with an address to a muse.
- Uses an elevated style.
- Tells the story of a cultural hero.
- Reflects the society in which it was written.
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