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This action should in the second and third books of have three qualifications in it .
First , the Æneid : the contents of both It should be but One action . Se - which
books come before those of condly , It hould be an Entire ac - the first book in the
Some have been of opinion , that Nothing should go before it , be inthe Æneid
also labors in this parti - termix ' d with it , or follow after it , cular , and has
episodes which may that is not related to it . As on the be looked upon as
Æneas ' s settle - also in its duration ; or in other ment in Italy produced the
Cæsars , words , that it should have a due and gave birth to the Roman length in
it , as well as what wò empire . Milton ' s subject was still properly call greatness .
... rather to those who judge the most ad - than that of cavilling , invented
vantageously of the author . certain figures of speech , on purIt is requisite that
the language pose to palliate little errors of this of an heroic poem should be both
nature in ...
left bad men should boaft & c . ] follow ' d the rule of Aristotle in his Here Dr
Bentley asks , whether Poetics , chap . 15 . that the manthe Devils retain some of
their vir - ners should be as good as the na . tue , on purpose left bad men should
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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.