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At Rome too Selvaggi made a Latin distich in honor of Milton , and Salfilsi a Latin
tetrastich , celebrating him for his Greek and Latin and Italian poetry ; and he in
return presented to Saltilli in his fickness those fine Scazons , or Iambic verses ...
It was certainly a very recluse and ftudious life , that both he and his pupils led ;
but the young men of that age were of a different turn from those of the present ;
and he himself gave an example to those under him of hard study and spare diet
And accordingly there are few things , and those of no great length , which he has
ever translated . He was poffeffed too much of an original genius to be a mere
copyer . " Whether it be natural disposition , “ fays he , or education in me , or that
The reader may be ever made use of on this will find nothing ascribed to Uriel ,
occafion , never were any more Gabriel , Michael , or Raphael , nicely imagined ,
and employed in which is not in a particular manmore proper actions , than those
I shall close these reThis redundancy of those seve : flections upon the language
of Paral ways of speech which ... I HAVE now confider ' d Milton ' s fiftance ,
throws the language off Paradise Loft under those four great from prose , and
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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.