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Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

  

by John Milton

Paradise Lost Innocence Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Book Number, Line Number

Quote #7

"Here had new begun
My wand'ring, had not he who was my guide
Up hither, from among the trees appeared" (8.311-13)

Adam describes his movements in Paradise as a kind of "wand'ring." We encounter this word first in Book 2 with the rebel angels, and in general it has fairly negative connotations. However, Milton attempts to purge it of those connotations and use it in a more neutral, less problematic way. Sometimes wandering is just wandering.

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