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Having seen the finest parts of Italy , Milton was now thinking of paffing over into
Sicily and Greece , when he was diverted from his purpose by the news from
England , that things were tending to a civil war between the King and Parlament
For soon after the King ' s death was published a book under his name intitled
Erxw Baordixen , or the royal image : and this book , like Cælar ' s lait will ,
making a deeper impression , and exciting greater commiseration in the minds of
the printer , who was dealt with in this manner , and consequently he could have
the story only from hcarsay : and tho ' he was Cromwell ' s printer , yet afterwards
he turned papist in the reign of James II , in order to be that king ' s printer , and ...
And his enemies triumphed in his blindness , and imputed it as a judge ment
upon him for writing against the King : but his fight had been decaying several
years before , thro ' his close application to study , and the frequent headakes to
... of Villa about Taffo and his famous poem of the delivery of Jerusalem ; and in a
copy of verses presented to that nobleman before he left Naples , he intimated
his intention of fixing upon King Arthur for his hero . And in an eclogue , made ...
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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.