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unchangeable cause in nature , hindering and ever likely to hinder the main
benefits of conjugal fociety , which are solace and peace , are greater reasons of
divorce than adultery or natural frigidity , especially if there be no children , and
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
Whether it be natural disposition , “ fays he , or education in me , or that my
mother « bore me a speaker of what God made my own , " and not a translator . ”
And it is somewhat remarkable , that there is scarce any author , who has written
The first would be , as it nature , or out of it , has a proper were , loft and
swallowed up by it , part assigned it in this admirable and the other difficult to be
conpoem . tained in it . Homer and Virgil In poetry , as in architecture , not have
nature of an heroic poem . Tho ' characters in these two perfons . We at the same
time , to give them the fee Man and Woman in the highest greater variety , he has
described a innocence and perfection , and in Vulcan , that is , a buffoon ...
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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.