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by variety of conjectures , and many of them very happy ones , upon the most
difficult passages . But we who undertake to publish Milton ' s Paradise Lost are
not reduced to that uncertainty ; we are not left Aloting in the wide ocean of ...
P . H . or Patrick Hume , as he was the first , so is the most copious annotator . He
laid the foundation , but he laid it among infinite heaps of rubbish . The greater
part of his work is a dull dictionary of the most common words , a tedious fardel of
In this city he tarried fome time , meeting here with people of his own principles ,
and contracted an intimate friendship with Giovanni Deodati , the most learned
professor of divinity , whose annotations upon the Bible are published in English .
... 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 having a curious ear , he understood by my tone , says Elwood , when I
understood what I read , and when I did not ; and he would stop me , and examin
me , and open the most difficult passages , to me . But it was not long after his
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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.