Friday, September 28, 2012

The Mind Is Its Own Place


The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n

Paradise Lost   1:254-255

Here's a composition inspired by John Milton's epic poem. I've recently discovered Paradise Lost. I haven't actually read it through (yet)– it's quite a slog of Olde English. (I bought the version that has the original text and modern translations side-by-side. Highly recommended.) Vivid imagery; God, Satan, epic scenes of worship and battle, Adam & Eve, flaming swords and the Garden of Paradise. Pretty incredible. It's the original Sympathy for the Devil. 

In progress: 


Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n.   PL 1:330