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This study surveys William Blake's and Percy Bysshe Shelley's reader responses of Satan in John Milton's Paradise Lost. Blake and Shelley were both Romanticists and were highly captivated with the character of Satan. Their critiques of Milton's Satan are evident through their works. Blake's works that are examined are "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," an eleven-page poem, Milton, an epic poem, and the illuminated printings of Milton's Paradise Lost. Shelley's works that are studied are Prometheus Unbound, a closet lyrical drama, and "A Defense of Poetry" which is an essay. Blake and Shelley believed that Satan was the proper hero of Milton's Paradise Lost. They both critiqued Milton's Satan by finding several imperfections in Paradise Lost. Both tried to surpass Milton by creating their own perfect version of Milton's Satan. Shelley goes a step beyond Blake when designing his Satan by producing a new tragic hero that does not have a hamartia.
John Milton, Paradise Lost, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Blake's Illustrations of Paradise Lost, Satan, Prometheus, Devil, God, Blake's poem "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, " Blake's epic poem Milton, Shelley's lyrical drama Prometheus Unbound, Shelley's essay "A Defense on Poetry."
Date of Defense
April 22, 2013.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Noud, J. (2013). Blake's and Shelley's Reader Responses to Milton's Satan in Paradise
Lost. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0234