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Having seen the finest parts of Italy , Milton was now thinking of paffing over into
Sicily and Greece , when he was diverted from his purpose by the news from
England , that things were tending to a civil war between the King and Parlament
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
sublime , his subject is the noblet Or may I without blame call thee , that could
have entered into the the coeternal beam of the eternal thoughts of man . Every
thing God ? The Ancients were very that is truly great and astonishing cautious
It is the boundary to thing somewhat more probable . It the east of the Wettern
Tartars , may be thought the lefs incredible , Whose snowy ridge the roving Tartar
bounds , Dilodging from 2 23 2 Book IIÍ . PARADISE LOST . 219 Satan alighted ...
This is brought to pass in his machine without horses by the a well - chosen fable
, by the achelp of wind and fail upon Marl - count of such things as have really
borough Downs , but it would not happen ' d , or at least of such things serve
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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.