Why was the article 'The' neglected before the title of Milton's Epic "Paradise Lost", while other epics like 'The Ramayana or The Aeneid..' are preceded by the same?Why was the article 'The'...

Why was the article 'The' neglected before the title of Milton's Epic "Paradise Lost", while other epics like 'The Ramayana or The Aeneid..' are preceded by the same?

Why was the article 'The' neglected before the title of Milton's Epic "Paradise Lost", while other epics like 'The Ramayana or The Aeneid..' are preceded by the same?

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The original story of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from Eden was told in Genesis in the Bible. If Milton ever thought about using the article "The" before his title (which I doubt) he would have felt it was improper to imply that his epic was the original story or that it was in any way superior to the biblical story.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think it's more that the use of the article "the" implies an individual story is the original story, or the be all and end all. It would be considered presumptuous, meaning that you are basically rewriting Bible stories or even that you are rewriting God.
nanthinii-mohan | Student

In that case do all the Epic are mere fictional to possess "The" before its name?