A Preface to Paradise Lost


“The first qualification for judging any piece of workmanship from a corkscrew to a cathedral is to know what it is— what it was intended to do and how it is meant to be used.”

The scholarly criticism of C. S. Lewis has always been outstanding for asking the right questions and then answering them with a lightness of touch. In this preface to John Milton’s work, Lewis compares Paradise Lost to its classical predecessors and defends the Epic as a literary form with the right to exist.