(子乌注：《失乐园》原版，好吧，我承认我只看过中文版……)First published in 1667, Paradise Lost is considered to be the greatest epic poem in English literature. Written in twelve books, the blank verse poem draws upon Bible stories and classical mythology to explore the meaning of existence, as understood by people of the Western world. Its roots lie in the Genesis account of the world’s creation and Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden; it also references tales from the Metamorphoses, the Iliad and Odyssey, and the Aeneid. In sublime poetry of extraordinary beauty, Milton creates a rich and complex Christian mythology that has inspired countless writers and artists. Notes by John A. Himes.