John Milton and Proust on a Paradise Lost

November 27, 2012

There’s a tangible truth in Proust’s quote, the sort whose veracity  each of us can test in relation with our most intimate perception of paradise and the first experience of loss, which somehow comes right down from John Milton’s famed poem but also, somehow, doesn’t. To explain it would mean the beginning of a baffling, perplexing row of philosophical reasoning I’ll refrain unleashing here although, at the same time, it needs mentioning.

Subliminally, congenially, we’re all subjected to nostalgia over a period of life (that often seems to be our enchanting and enchanted childhood), whether consciously or less, to which we associate divine proportions and images distorted positively. In this regard, our judgement is no greater than a child’s, affected by the tendency to aggrandize. Interesting to remember the above statement belongs to one who lived amongst the patented masters of megalomania, the haughty, highly dramatic Parisians, in a century itself grandiose. I don’t think it changes anything substantially, though.

Don’t you find we’re as prone to do it now, modern as we are,  this exaggeration of the past/paradise time’s elapsing made us lose?

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7 Responses to “John Milton and Proust on a Paradise Lost”


  1. lovely post, wanting most what we cannot have – a deep flaw in the human cutlery drawer of life. Makes for good literature too though.

  2. Rescope Says:

    Very well said. Hell can become one’s paradise once it’s lost.


  3. When God has coffee, he has one of my mom’s ring cakes along with it.


  4. totally agree. maybe it’s time to stop remembering my 20s so fondly. I had no money & bad acne!


  5. i think i’ll keep on following you! 🙂

  6. princessofeboli Says:

    Like your blog!!!!


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