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... or table of errata : to others was prefixed a short advertisement of the printer to
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and then followed the argument of the several books , and the preface
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ascribe to the person that speaks The modern critics have col - or acts , without
the reader would think so , for the Angels are indeed as much diver : ake of the
poem I am now exa - fified in Milton , and diftinguihed mining , and must further
add , that by their proper parts , as the Gods if such empty unsubftantial beings
The reader will pardon me , XI . g . and the abomination of the if I insert as a note
on this beadZidonions , 2 Kings XXIII . 13 . as tiful passage , the account given us
fhe was worshipped very much in by the late ingenious Mr . MaunZidon or ...
34 . says that a characters of Moloch and " Belial thepherd was therefore an abo -
prepare the reader ' s mind for their mination to the Egyptians , because
respective speeches and behaviour the Egyptians worshipped sheep as in the
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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.