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Mr . Richardson had an account of him from an ancient clergyman in Dorsetshire
, Dr . Wright , who found him in a small house , which had ( he thinks ) but one
room on a floor ; in that , up one pair of stairs , which was hung with a rusty green
To these Satan directs his speech , comforts them with hope yet of regaining
Heaven , but tells them lastly of a new world and new kind of creature to be
created , according to an ancient prophecy or report in Heaven ; for that Angels
were long ...
Briareos or Typhon , whom the den By ancient Tarsus held , or that sea - beast :
200 Leviathan , which God of all his works Created hugest that swim th ' ocean
stream : Him haply flumb ' ring on the Norway foam The pilot of some small night
13 . as tiful passage , the account given us fhe was worshipped very much in by
the late ingenious Mr . MaunZidon or Sidon , a famous city of drel of this ancient
piece of worthe Phænicians , fituated upon the ship , and probably the first occa .
Nor was his name unheard or unador ' d e : In ancient Greece ; and in Ausonian
land . Men call ' d him Mulciber ; and how he felt 240 From - 738 . Nor was his
name unheard & c . ] Ilov do neap oaegune , élece dine Dr Bentley says , “ This is
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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.