[Milton-L] Edenic geography

Schwartz, Louis lschwart at richmond.edu
Mon Nov 22 14:24:12 EST 2004


I think the simple answer to this question (if there are more complex
ones, bring them on!) is that "Eden" refers to the whole region or area.
"Paradise" is used only to refer to "The Garden" of Eden.  That is to
say, the garden that is (or was) situated in the region called "Eden."

L. Schwartz

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[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Christopher
Baker
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2004 2:09 PM
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Subject: [Milton-L] Edenic geography

  At the end of Bk. 12, Adam and Eve are ushered "to th' Eastern Gate" 
and "down the Cliff as fast / To the subjected Plain."  They then look 
back and behold "all the Eastern side of Paradise."  It now seems as 
though they have exited Eden, but have they? In the final line, they are

still taking their "solitary way" "Through Eden."  At what point in the 
poem do they actually leave Paradise?  
Thanks,
Chris Baker

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