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Homer he could repeat almost all without book ; and he was advised to
undertake a translation of his works , which no doubt he would have executed to
admiration . But ( as he says of himself in his poftfcript to the Judgment of Martin
Bucer ) ...
Besides it was easier for manners , or as we generally call Homer and Virgil to
dash the truth them in English , the fable and the with fi & tion , as they were in no
characters . danger of offending the religion of Homer has excelled all the he ...
It was much earor , or any other passion , we ought fier therefore for Homer to find
to consider whether the sentiments proper sentiments for an assembly he makes
use of are proper for of Grecian generals , than for Mil . those ends . Homer is ...
Milton , of the fun in an eclipfe , * Homer , says he , excelled in this of the sleeping
leviathan , of the * particular , whose comparisons bees fwarming about their hive
, of te abound with such images of na - the faery dance , in the view where" ...
... opinions volumes have been written on the of the great beauties in those
poems of Homer and Virgil , will poems , they have nevertheless each eafily
pardon the length of my dif - of them discovered several malter - , course upon
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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.