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We may suppose that Milton was not a little pleased with the honors conferred
upon him by so many persons of distinction , and especially by one of such
quality and eminence as the Marquis , of Villa ; and as a testimony of his gratitude
... and commended Milton ' s wit and manner of writing in the presence of several
persons , and that Salmasius was very angry , and very busy in preparing his
answer , wherein he abused Milton as if he had been one of the vileft catamites in
... the 17th of August 1683 , and the other half on the 24th of March 1690 , with a
conliderable advance of the price ; and except one fourth of it which has been
assign ' d to feveral persons , his family have enjoyed the right of copy ever since
... 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 description of his person , as the idea of his face and
... not only by the thors having chosen for their hemany adventures in his voyage ,
roes persons who were so nearly and ... since it is impossible Nor muft we omit
the person of for any of its readers , whatever Raphael , who , amidst his tender ...
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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.