Evening in Paradise

Howdy, in our Literature class we analyse the poem “Evening in Paradise”, Iworked with Agustin Reynal & Salvador Castagnino.

-What kind of writer was he? Explain.

was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters

Milton’s poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime

The Metaphysical poets were a group of writers of the 17thcentury, whose leader was John Donne, that reflected the crisis of their age through a new way of writing. The phrase “Metaphysical poetry”, which identifies the literary production of this period, was created later and could be misleading: in fact in its literal meaning it concerns with the main problems of nature, universe and man’s life.

-He wrote Paradise Lost. What is it about?

Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray
Had in her sober livery all things clad;
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night longer her amorous descant sung:
Silence was now pleased. Now glowed the firmament
With living Saphirs; Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,
And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw;
When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort, the hour
Of night, and all things now retired to rest
Mind us of like repose; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive, and the timely dew of sleep,
Now falling with soft slumberous weight, inclines
Our eye-lids. Other creatures all day long
Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest;
Man hath his daily work of body or mind
Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heaven on all his ways;
While other animals unactive range,
And of their doings God takes no account.
Tomorrow, ere fresh morning streak the east
With first approach of light, we must be risen,
And at our pleasant labour, to reform
Yon flowery arbours, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manuring, and require
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth.
Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,
That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,
Ask riddance if we mean to tread with ease.

Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve How they came to be created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden, also called Paradise. It’s the same story you find in the first pages of Genesis, expanded by Milton into a very long, detailed, narrative poem. It also includes the story of the origin of Satan. Originally, he was called Lucifer, an angel in heaven who led his followers in a war against God, and was ultimately sent with them to hell. Thirst for revenge led him to cause man’s downfall by turning into a serpent and tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.

-Now, read the poem and say what you understand from it using your own words. (work on vocabulary)

glowed: give out steady light without flame

slumberous: sleepy; heavy with drowsiness, as the eyelids. 

riddance: the action of getting rid of a troublesome or unwanted person or thing.

 

Presentation.

Task 1: We could clearly say that the comparison between evening and paradise is an analogy as the author is trying to show how the evening and resting are the time of paradise every day, after working hard all day long. Also, with this comparison, he explains how the terms are seen from the point of view of religion.

Task 2:”Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray” ”Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive, and the timely dew of sleep,”

These two quotes talk about day and night. The first one sets the poem in the exact moment when the day ends and the night beggins. The second one, shows Adan talking about the day and night from a more religios or human point of view, which says that we should work during the day and rest during night.

”Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,”

This quote represents the nature which was present in the poem. It talks specificaly abou animals and birds. In my opinion birds are seaparate as many of them migrate all day long so different to others, almost don’t sleep.

“With living Saphirs; Hesperus, that led”

This quote talks about jwelery and probably represents luxury and the matetial world which has a clearly a conection with the religious world.

 Task 3:Enjambment is used by the writer to set a rhythm and to catch the reader’s attention.

  • In order to emphasize, Milton uses rimes

“Of night, and all things now retired to rest
Mind us of like repose; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men”

  • He uses aliteration

these ttheir nests were slunk”

to express an emotional charge, to highlight the idea that at night it is as if animals must go and rest.

  • Anaphora is used, in this case, to emphasize the atmosphere of tranquility  that ruled the night, as in this example

Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night longer her amorous descant sung:
Silence was now pleased. Now glowed the firmament”

Task 4:  Is the scene portrayed just a peacful natural scene? Could this be a funeral  scene? Account for this.
For me the peacful natural scene is clearly portrayed by sleepig or resting because is the only moment you have for yourself after a hard day of work. Peace only reaches to you at that moment and that is why it is so valuable, you can think, you can relax or whatever you want, you are free. It depends, it only could be a funeral scene if you die  in natural terms and not for other reason. If it is like that, death will be an eternal sleep that could bring peace forever and this could be a funeral scene. If it is not natural, neither peace or natural will reach you.
Task 5:  Words related with day/night and rest/sleep
“Brightest” “sleep” “light” “work” “Heaven” “fresh morning”
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