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Some say , and particularly Mr . Philips , that the family was of Milton near
Abington in Oxfordshire , where it had been a long time ... It is more probable
therefore that the family came , as Mr . Wood says , from Milton near Halton and
Thame in ...
... he joined loudly in the cry , to help the puritan ministers , ( as he says himself in
his second Defense ) they being inferior to the bishops in learning and
eloquence ; and published his two books , Of Reformation in England , written to
a friend .
And having a curious ear , he understood by my tone , says Elwood , when I
understood what I read , and when I did not ; and he would stop me , and examin
me , and open the most difficult passages , to me . But it was not long after his
poem , which he says he had reason to remember , as it was told him by Milton
himself , that his vein never happily flowed ... because our author , in his Latin
elegy , written in his twentieth year , upon the approach of the spring , seemeth to
... and what he thought of it : " Which I modestly , but freely told him , says El“
wood ; and after some further discourse about it , “ I pleasantly said to him , Thou
hast said much of " Paradise Lost , but what hast thou to say of Paradise “ Found
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Chronicles the rise and fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Begins with the crowning of the Son of God, moves to Lucifer's rebellion and fall, the beginning of the Earth, the birth of Adam and Eve, and how they fell prey to Satan's fraud.
Written in 10 syllable per line prose, which must have been very difficult. Milton was blind, which makes the accomplishment even more amazing. Parts of the book were wonderfully written (the battles with Satan, Eden, the creation of the Earth, the coming events as Adam and Eve are escorted from Eden by Archangel Michael), but others are difficult with many references to Greek characters. I'm sure Milton was brilliant, but those parts don't add much for me and make it seem as though he's being pretentious. I also disliked the way all the characters addressed each other: "Lo, great angel from Heaven, graceful and true of spirit." The pictures of the story in the book, while they received vast praise in the preface, were forgettable.
Still, I can't get away from the amazing work that Milton put here. My only real compliant was the blatant sexism that Adam had for Eve, assuming she was always inferior to him. That is no longer the way of the world, and I doubt Adam would have treated Eve thusly. Sin, Death. Satan, Michael and Raphael were my favorite characters, all providing memorable lines.