An epic poem written in the 1660s by John Milton and spanning 12 books, Paradise Lost is widely considered the greatest English language epic. Although it is about the fall of Man from the Garden of Eden, one must wonder about Milton - despite his world view of "God gave you free will but unless you toe the line you'll get pounded," he still makes the character of Satan a dangerously alluring epic anti-hero.
"Although Tom was put off by the seemingly incomprehensible Latinate sentence structure of Paradise Lost, he could sniff out masterful poetry like a literary bloodhound.
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