Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, with Notes by J. Edmondston

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General Books, 2013 - 200 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ... his way;4 not with indented wave, Prone on the ground, as since; but on his rear, Circular base of rising folds, that towered Fold above fold, a surging maze! his head Crested aloft; and carbuncle6 his eyes; 500 With burnished neck of verdant gold, erect Amidst his circling spires, that on the grass Floated redundant: pleasing was his shape And lovely; never since of serpent kind Lovelier;6 not those that in Illyria changed 505 Hermione and Cadmus,7 or the God 1 Intellectual, --supply "nature" or "faculties," the adjective being supposed to include the substantive, as elsewhere in Milton. 2 Exempt from wound, --a privilege ascribed to his state of innocence. Not approached by stronger hate, --i. e. though love and beauty inspire terror, unless when he who approaches them is actuated by a hatred stronger than the force of love and beauty. 4 Addressed his way, --directed his way: indented wave, --describing the short curves which a snake forms with its body in progressive motion along the ground, like the teeth of a large saw. 5 Carbuncle, --a gem of a deep red colour, which when held up to the sun appears exactly like a burning coal (carbunculus). It is supposed to have been a species of garnet e Never since of serpent kind lovelier;--never since has any of the serpent kind been, Ac, the substantive verb omitted, as frequently. Satan is here compared to the most memorable of those serpents into which persons were fabled to have been transformed. 7 Hermione and Cadmus.--Cadmus, being compelled by misfortunes to quit Thebes, in Boeotia, which he had founded, went with his wife IterIn Epidaurus;1 nor to which transformed Ammonian Jove,3 or Capitoline was seen; He with Olympias; this with her who bore Scipio, the height of Rome....

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John Milton, English scholar and classical poet, is one of the major figures of Western literature. He was born in 1608 into a prosperous London family. By the age of 17, he was proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Milton attended Cambridge University, earning a B.A. and an M.A. before secluding himself for five years to read, write and study on his own. It is believed that Milton read evertything that had been published in Latin, Greek, and English. He was considered one of the most educated men of his time. Milton also had a reputation as a radical. After his own wife left him early in their marriage, Milton published an unpopular treatise supporting divorce in the case of incompatibility. Milton was also a vocal supporter of Oliver Cromwell and worked for him. Milton's first work, Lycidas, an elegy on the death of a classmate, was published in 1632, and he had numerous works published in the ensuing years, including Pastoral and Areopagitica. His Christian epic poem, Paradise Lost, which traced humanity's fall from divine grace, appeared in 1667, assuring his place as one of the finest non-dramatic poet of the Renaissance Age. Milton went blind at the age of 43 from the incredible strain he placed on his eyes. Amazingly, Paradise Lost and his other major works, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, were composed after the lost of his sight. These major works were painstakingly and slowly dictated to secretaries. John Milton died in 1674.

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