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... tract concerning the Original of Bishops and Metropolitans ; Milton wrote his
little piece Of Prelatical Episcopacy , in opposition chiefly to Usher , for he was for
contending with the most powerful adverfary ; there would be either less disgrace
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
... his hands and fingers gouty , and with chalk stones ; among other discourse he
expressed himself to this purpose , that was he free from the pain of the gout , his
blindness would be tolerable . But there is the less need to be particular in the ...
But ( as he says of himself in his poftfcript to the Judgment of Martin Bucer ) “ he
never could delight in « long citations , much less in whole traductions . ” And
accordingly there are few things , and those of no great length , which he has
1036 A glimmering dawn ; here Nature first begins Her farthest verge , and
Chaos to retire As from her outmost works a broken foe With tumult less and with
less hostile din , 1040 That Satan with less toil , and now with ease Wafts on the ...
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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.