While he was abroad , he heard it reported that he was dead ; and upon his
coming home he found it but too true , and lamented his death in an excellent
Latin eclogue intitled Epitaphium Damonis . This Deodati had a father originally
of Lucca ...
And in an eclogue , made foon after his return to England upon the death of his
friend and schoolfellow Deodati , he proposed the same design and the same
subject , and declared his ambition of writing something in his native language ...
And perhaps Milton ( as ready declared my opinion of the Mr . Thyer adds ) might
take the allegory concerning Sin and Death , hint of this circumstance from his
which is however a very finish ' d favorite romances , where one fre - piece in its ...
... and fair , 650 But ended foul in many a scaly fold Voluminous and vast , a
serpent arm ' d With mortal sting : about her middle round А Before mine eyes in
opposition sits revolt of Satan , that Death apGrim Death my son and foe , who
Made to destroy : I fled , and cry ' d out Death ; ; ; Hell trembled at the hideous
name , and figh ' d vii From all her caves , and back resounded Death . : I fled ,
but he pursued , ( though more , it seems , 790 i Inflam ' d with lust than rage )
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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.