Milton, John – Paradise Lost
This 17th-century poem is an epic retelling of the creation story found in Genesis. Paradise lost describes Satan’s rebellion against God. After being banished to hell, Satan rallies his co-conspirators and launches an all out assault against the gates of Heaven.
But Satan has misjudged his strength, and God’s faithful angels rout the forces of Satan in the epic conventional battle. After his defeat Satan conceives a more deceptive strategy to employ against God’s new creation, Adam and Eve.
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…”