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... and we never deviate from them both without affigning , as we think , a
substantial reason for it . Some alterations indeed are necessary to be made in
consequence of the late improvements in printing , with regard to the use of
capital letters ...
He handled the subject more at large in his next performance , which was the
Reason of Church Government urged against Prelaty , in two books . And Bishop
Hall having published a Defense of the Humble Remonstrance , he wrote ...
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
... or table of errata : to others was prefixed a short advertisement of the printer to
the reader concerning the argument and the reason why the poem rimes not ;
and then followed the argument of the several books , and the preface
... that the book was growing into repute and rising in valuation ; and to what
perverseness could it be owing that it was not better received at first ? We
conceive there were principally two reasons ; the prejudices against the ceive Tiv
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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.