“Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal tast
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden…”
Satan and his fellow rebel angels contemplate on corrupting God’s beloved new creation, Mankind. He volunteers and prepares to leave. His children − Sin and Death − build a bridge between Hell and Earth. And disguising himself as a cherub, he lands on Earth.
Adam and Eve, after a long day at work, are resting in their bower. And that’s when in the form of a serpent, Satan whisper’s into Eve’s ears. Tempted to eat from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge, Eve commits the sin.
And hence follows the Fall of Man…
Milton’s magnum opus, Paradise Lost, threads together two stories focused on different heroes-the half-heroic, half-evil charismatic Satan and the united Adam and Eve-skilfully balancing them. The epic poem continues to remain as celebrated. as ever.
“An endless moral maze, introducing literature’s first Romantic, Satan’ – John Carey
Miller’s Aid: Authentic African and Non-African Poetry
Once again, Miller’s Aid Elective Poetry should prove very useful to all students of Elective Literature-in- English, particularly those who will be taking the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from 2016 and beyond. The book analyses and interpretes all the twelve poems given by the syllabus. With the line-by-line analysis of the poems and discussion of the aspects of the poems along the requirement of the syllabus, Miller’s Aid, once again, provides all students of Literature with an indispensable aid in poetry.
Once again, the language is precise and simple; both students and teachers would love to have their copies. David Miller is a product of Mfantsipim and holds a BA (Hons) Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana. Though his area of study was mainly Drama, his recent works in Poetry for senior high students have been commendable.