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He was more sagacious in finding faults , than happy in mending them ; and if he
had confined himself only to the former , he might have had better success ; but
when he attempted the latter , and substituted verses of his own in the room of ...
... better writings which he was meditating , more useful to the public , as well as
more suitable to his own genius and inclination : but he thought all this while that
he was vindicating ecclefiaftical liberty . . : In the year 1643 , and the 35th of his ...
By the last assignment it appears , that the book was growing into repute and
rising in valuation ; and to what perverseness could it be owing that it was not
better received at first ? We conceive there were principally two reasons ; the ...
and fimple , less figurative and metaphorical , and better suited to the nature of
history , has enough of the Latin turn and idiom to give it an air of antiquity , and
sometimes rises to a surprising dignity and majesty . In 1670 likewise his
... which Tarsus was a cele . it better expresses the hugeness brated city , we are
told by Pindar and unwieldiness of the creature , and Pomponius Mela . I am
much and no doubt was design ' d by the mistaken , if Milton did not make author
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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.