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... which perhaps was more pernicious than all the reft : and he himself has
informed us in his second Defense , that when he was appointed by authority to
write his Defense of the people against Salmafius , he had almost lost the sight of
Our labor must be to pervert that end , - ; ; ri And out of good still to find means of
evil ; 165 Which oft - times may fucceed , fo as perhaps in Shall grieve him , if I fail
not , and disturb i His inmost counsels from their destin ' d aim . . . But see the ...
This may perhaps be conformable Vestibulum ante ipsum , primisque to the taste
of those critics who in faucibus orci , : are pleased with nothing in a poet Luctus ,
et ultrices posuere cubilia which has not life and manners Curæ : afcribed to it ...
... is light , perhaps be cenfur ' d as an excre And - in unapproached light Icence
or digreflion not agreeable Dwelt ) From 1 John 1 . si to the rules of epic poetry ;
but God is light , and in bim is no darkyet this is so charming a part of ess at all .
There lands the Fiend , a spot like which perhaps Astronomer in the sun ' s lucent
orb Through his glaz ' d optic tube yet never saw . 590 The place he found
beyond expression bright , Compar ' d X . 675 , the north being uppermost thing
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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.