Hello, can any one please help me with either a short poem or a part of a poem that describes the devil? I want to write it as an introduction to my research about the character of the Devil in three selected shortstories. It's not necessarily a poem, it could be a short passage from a novel, a story, or a book. Thank you so much.
I think a significant work that can help you in this regard is "Paradise Lost" by John Milton. It is a very extensive literary work, which you can find in any library and on-line as well. This long poem, in essence, a book, deals with the fall of man because of Satan the Devil. There are numerous references to Satan and his character as well as his motives in this great literary work.
One example is this line from Book I of the poem:
To do aught good never will be our task,
But ever to do ill our sole delight,
This line actually sums up Satan's character - it shows that his focus is to do evil as he is a Destroyer. In the Bible, Jesus says (John 10:10-11) in reference to Satan:
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:... "
Therefore, Satan's character is the opposite of what God and Jesus Christ stand for and his motives are selfish. Reading Paradise Lost by John Milton reveals many more passages that describe Satan and his character. However, you can peruse the work and pick out select passages that directly talk of Satan without having to read the entire work. You will still get an indication of his proclivities and strategies as the Arch-Deceiver from doing this less-intensive study of this poem.