I own a copy of John Milton’s Paradise Lost with a preface written by the author of the trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman. At the time of purchase, and even by the time I had gotten hold of my box set of the trilogy, I had not made the connection between the two works. What had drawn me into reading the trilogy initially was my inclination towards getting myself familiarized with the plot, the story, the themes, and the characters before watching a film adaptation. After completing the reading of His Dark Materials, I realized I had gotten more than what I had anticipated for.
The copy of Paradise Lost I had bought upon me an excruciating reading experience. I could only look at the words, but not comprehend them. It was not until I got myself an annotated Norton edition of Paradise Lost did I begin to appreciate the masterpiece a little more. John Milton is one of the greatest English poets. His Paradise Lost had inspired many, such as Blake and Wordsworth, just to name a few. The masterpiece continues to inspire other contemporary artists. Philip Pullman is one of those contemporary artists that have been inspired by this extraordinary work. The title of the trilogy had been taken directly out of Milton’s words: