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It is more probable therefore that the family came , as Mr . Wood says , from
Milton near Halton and Thame in Oxfordshire : where it florished several years ,
till at last the estate was sequester ' d , one of the family having taken the
... and delighted with the fine paintings , and sculptures , and other rarities and
antiquities of the city , as well as with the conversation of several learned and
ingenious men , and particularly of Lucas Holstenius , keeper of the Vatican
... and commended Milton ' s wit and manner of writing in the presence of several
persons , and that Salmasius was very angry , and very busy in preparing his
answer , wherein he abused Milton as if he had been one of the vileft catamites in
And his enemies triumphed in his blindness , and imputed it as a judge ment
upon him for writing against the King : but his fight had been decaying several
years before , thro ' his close application to study , and the frequent headakes to
The first hint of Paradise Lost is said to have been taken from an Italian tragedy ;
and it is certain , that he first designed it a tragedy himself , and there are several
plans of it in the form of a tragedy still to be seen in the author ' s own manuscript
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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.