“Impressions: Paradise Lost”
My Core Reflection consists of an interpretation and a reflection on John Milton’s Paradise Lost. In this project I name six, out of the twelve, Books of Paradise Lost, based on the central themes that Milton discusses in these and that were, in my experience, most impactful. The six Books were specifically chosen by the imagery they contain, the themes they develop, and the poetry of their verses. Accompanying each Book title, a picture of my personal archive as an amateur photographer adds, complicates, or expands on the relationship between text and title, poetry and photography, canonical and personal. As ‘cover pieces’ for each of the Books, the images are not to be taken as a project on their own. Just as the titles aid in explaining my ambitions in communicating meaning through the images, the photographs are essential to understanding the subsequent reflection on the titles I curated. The photos selected represent my understanding of Milton’s works in any combination of urban, contemporary, and personal levels. By hailing in political, social, economic, and intrapersonal concepts, I interpret Paradise Lost not only though a humanistic lens, but through the lessons that I accumulated in the classes of Literature Humanities and Contemporary Civilizations.
About the Author: Rafael Vignoli Lippert
Rafael Lippert is a senior at Columbia College from Porto Alegre, Brazil. He studies Neuroscience & Behavior, with a Concentration in English & Comparative Literature