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Which action pass ' d over , the poem hastes into the midst of things , presenting
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Belial came last , than whom a Spi ' rit more lewd 490 Fell not from Heaven , or
more gross to love Vice for itself : to him no temple stood Or altar smok ' d ; yet
who more oft than he In temples and at altars , when the priest Turns atheist , as
655 LOST . Book 1 . There went a fame in Heav ' n that he ere tong Intended to
create , and therein plant A generation , whom his choice regard Should favor
equal to the fons of Heaven : Thither , if but to pry , shall be perhaps Our first
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everlasting Fate shall yield : 11 : " ? " To fickle Chance , and Chaos judge 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.