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... from Milton near Halton and Thame in Oxfordshire : where it florished several
years , till at last the estate was sequester ' d , one of the family having taken the
unfortunate fide in the civil wars between the houses of York and Lancaster .
... tetrastich , celebrating him for his Greek and Latin and Italian poetry ; and he in
return presented to Saltilli in his fickness those fine Scazons , or Iambic verses
having a spondee in the last foot , which are inserted among his juvenile poems .
But it was not long after his third marriage , that he left Jewen Street , and
removed to a house in the Artillery Walk leading to Bunhill Fields : and this was
his last stage in this world ; he continued longer in this house than he had done
in any ...
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 well - looking man to the last . His eyes were of a light blue color , and from
the first are said to have been none of the brightest ; but after he lost the fight of
them , ( which happened about the 430 year of his age ) they still appeared
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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.