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John Milton - 'Paradise Lost' - opening lines
Members of the public recite lines 1-5 and 22-26 from the opening of Milton's 'Paradise Lost,' ending with the famous 'and justify the ways of God to man'. This clip is published as part of the BBC Poetry Season, for more materials on this poet and poetry in general visit the website - bbc.co.uk/poetryseason/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Students could create their own audio or video versions of the extract and compare their effectiveness. What is gained – or lost – by splitting the lines up between multiple speakers? What is the significance of the apples? Is that a helpful image?
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