Paradise lost is a poem in blank verse by 17th Century author, John Milton. The first version was published in 1667 and consisted of ten books that contained over ten thousand lines of verse. The poem is about the Biblical story of the fall of man including the story of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton stated the purpose of the book
was to ‘justify the ways of God to men’. John Milton was almost
sixty when Paradise Lost was published, although it is believed
the poem was started as far back as 1658.