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John Milton , the poet ' s grand - father , was , according to Mr . Wood , an under -
ranger or keeper of the forest of Shotover near Halton in Oxfordshire ; he was of
the religion of Rome , and such a bigot that he disinherited his fon only for being
The elder of the sons was our famous poet , who was born in the year of our Lord
1608 , on the gth of December in the morning between 6 and 7 o ' clock , in Bread
- ftreet London , where his father lived at the sign of the spread eagle , which ...
While he was abroad , he heard it reported that he was dead ; and upon his
coming home he found it but too true , and lamented his death in an excellent
Latin eclogue intitled Epitaphium Damonis . This Deodati had a father originally
of Lucca ...
... thought all this while that he was vindicating ecclefiaftical liberty . . : In the year
1643 , and the 35th of his age , he married ; and indeed his family was now
growing fo numerous , that it wanted a mistress at the head of it . His father , who
... for he was a master of music as was his father , and he could perform both
vocally and instrumentally , and it is said that he composed very well , tho '
nothing of this kind is handed down to us . It is also Laid that he had fome skill in
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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.