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... the poet ' s father , named likewise John Milton , settled in London , and
became a scrivener by the advice of a friend eminent in that profession : but he
was not so devoted to gain and to business , as to lose all taste of the politer arts ,
... s Latin poems , as is likewise the other of Selvaggi , and the Latin tetrastich of
Salfilli together with the Italian ode and the Latin eulogium before mentioned . We
may suppose that Milton was not a little pleased with the honors conferred upon ...
Here likewise he stayed two months , as he had done before , excepting only an
excursion of a few days to Lucca : and then crossing the Apennine , and passing
thro ' Bologna and Ferrara , he came to Venice , in which city he spent a month ...
1667 , and is in the hands of Mr . Tonson the bookseller , as is likewise the
manufcript of the first book copied fair for the press , with the Imprimatur by
Thomas Tomkyns chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury : so that tho ' Milton
was forced ...
In 1670 likewise his Paradise Regain ' d and Samson Agonistes were licenced
together , but were not published till the year following . It is somewhat
remarkable , that these two poems were not printed by Simmons , the fame who
printed 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.