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The next work after this was to write from his dictation some part of a system of
divinity , which he had collected from the ableft dir vines , who had written upon
that subject . Such were his academic institutions ; and thus by teaching others
be in ...
... he applied himself to the writing of a History of England , which he intended to
deduce from the earliest accounts down ... and took a noble resolution neither to
write any letters to any foreign states , nor to receive any answers from them , but
He was therefore courted by Charles II , as the most able man to write a defense
of the late King his father and to traduce his adversaries , and a hundred
Jacobuses were given him for that purpose , and the book was published in 1649
... and commended Milton ' s wit and manner of writing in the presence of several
persons , and that Salmasius was very angry , and very busy in preparing his
answer , wherein he abused Milton as if he had been one of the vileft catamites in
And his enemies triumphed in his blindness , and imputed it as a judge ment
upon him for writing against the King : but his ... that when he was appointed by
authority to write his Defense of the people against Salmafius , he had almost lost
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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.