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... for be thought it unworthy of himself to be taking his pleasure abroad , while his
countrymen were contending for liberty at home . He resolved therefore to return
ing xiy The LIFE of MILTON . to the acquaintance of Giovanni Baptista Manso, .
For he had by no means observed the rule , recommended to him by Sir Henry
Wotton , of keeping his thoughts close and ... and thinking otherwise in astronomy
than the Dominicans and Franciscans thought : And tha ' the Marquis of Villa had
And the next year he set forth his Apology for Smectymnuus , in answer to the
Confutation of his Animadversions , written as he thought himself by Bishop Hall
or his fon . And here very luckily ended a controversy , which detained him from ...
destruction of Milton and the Parlament , yet finding that he was looked upon with
coldness , he thought proper to take leave of the court ; and he who came in
honor , was dismissed with contempt . He died some time afterwards at Spa in ...
... the sight of one eye , and the physicians declared to him , that if he undertook
that work , he would also lose the fight of the other : but he was nothing
discouraged , and chose rather to lose both his eyes than desert what he thought
his duty .
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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.