Paradise Lost Diction Essay

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In Paradise Lost, John Milton uses extravagant Latinate and many literary devices to produce his vivid imagery of the Garden of Eden and those who live in it. Diction, syntax, style and tone play a major role in developing this powerful epic. Diction, or the use of words, is the foundation for the story Milton portrays. He uses advanced, intelligent words to emphasize the maturity of the subject at hand- the Fall of the first humans. Aside from the importance of the topic, Milton wants to make known his own intelligence and the vastness of his knowledge. He alludes to several literary and Christian books, primarily the Bible. A prime example of this is located in Book 4 during the description of Eden. In only four lines, he makes two allusions- one to the Bible the other to Greek history. “Donal’d the Kid”…show more content…
This syntax builds Eden up to be a spectacular place and also gives reference to Milton’s use of grand style to portray clearly the images on Eden. Milton uses “grand style” which is the elevated, non- colloquial phrasing that shows the importance of the topic at hand and the need to think about the subject rather than just skim through it. His use of long, complicated sentences contribute to this “grand style”. For example, Book 4 while describing Eden mentions a waterfall that is located there. “`mean while murmuring waters fall Down the slope hills, disperst, or in a Lake, That to the fringed Bank with Myrtle crownd, Her chrystal mirror holds, unite thir streams.” (Lines 260-263). This one drawn out sentence adds elegance to not only the description of Eden, but also to the work as a whole. Not only does it display the grandeur of the work and location combined, but it also radiates a romantic

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