What might lead
To happier life, knowledge of good and evil
Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IX, 696-7
This is the ultimate prize
The treasure of treasures
And to take it shows you are wise.
Sieze the day, and become wiser still,
With a bite, gain knowledge
Both of good and evil.
This is it – the seduction that leads to the fall. Two poems resulted from this moment – one today, the other on Friday, which is more loosely based on it. But I just love the idea of knowledge of good and evil coming from one moment, and how important that moment becomes.
Happy New Year!
The Hapless Neo-Romantic