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His pointing too we generally observe , because it is generally right ; such was
the care , that Milton himself took in having the proofsheets read to him , or his
friends took for him : and changes of consequence we make none without
But that Milton is not in Oxfordshire , but in Barkshire ; and upon inquiry I find ,
that there are no such monuments in that church , nor any remains of them . It is
more probable therefore that the family came , as Mr . Wood says , from Milton
We may suppose that Milton was not a little pleased with the honors conferred
upon him by so many persons of distinction , and especially by one of such
quality and eminence as the Marquis , of Villa ; and as a testimony of his gratitude
Such were his academic institutions ; and thus by teaching others be in some
measure inlarged his own knowledge ; and having the reading of so many
authors as it were by proxy , he might possibly have preferved his fight , if he had
... and the number of books was augmented from ten to twelve , with the addition
of some few verses : and this alteration was made with great judgment , not for
the fake of such a fanciful beauty as resembling the number of books in the
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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.