Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by John Milton, first published in 1667. The poem tells the story of Satan's attempted rebellion and the story of the Fall of Adam and Eve. After Satan falls from heaven, he amasses an army that comes up to earth to do battle with God's angels. They are defeated and so Satan appears as a serpent before God's newly created beings, humans. He convinces Eve and Adam to eat the forbidden fruit, which they do, and are cast out of Eden.