Got to re-read some of the classics every year. Was introduced to Milton by a professor at George Mason University and what a big favor that was. Best to read this to yourself out-loud. That way, you get Milton's rhythm and meaning better. If you're a Believer, don't do what I did by mistake at a London bookstore and pick up the Oxford University version with commentary by Phillip Pullman, the British atheist. While Pullman mocks the idea of Christ, you get the sense he does believe in Satan and just might be pulling for him.