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... Nor founded on the brittle ftrength of bones , Like cumbrous flesh ; but in what shape they chufe , Dilated or condens'd , bright or obfcure , Can execute their airy purposes , And works of love or enmity fulfil .
Thus incorporeal spirits to smallest forms Reduc'd their shapes immense ; and were at large , 790 Though without number still , amidst the hall Of that infernal court . But far within , And in their own dimensions like themselves ...
And this imperial fov'reignty , adorn'd With fplendor , arm'd with pow'r , if ought propos'd And judg'd of public moment , in the shape Of difficulty , or danger , could deter 435 440 445 Me from attempting . Wherefore do I affume 450 ...
Before the gates there fat On either fide a formidable shape ; The one feem'd woman to the waift , and fair ; 659 But ended foul in many a fcaly fold , Voluminous and vaft ! a ferpent arm'd ...
The other shape 666 ( If shape it might be call'd , that shape had none Distinguishable in member , joint , or limb ; Or fubftance might be call'd that shadow seem'd , For each feem'd either :) black it stood as night , 670 Fierce as ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - VivalaErin - LibraryThing
The shortest answer is: John Milton was a poetic genius. PL is so beautiful, you can't help but feel for Adam and Eve. Even Satan is a great character - he so wants to be an epic hero. This poem is a masterpiece, and he wrote it completely blind. Beautiful, absolutely amazing. Read full review
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Historical significance and beautifully descriptive prose aside, I couldn't get into this book at all. Maybe it's too much familiarity with the plot or the inevitability of the impending doom of the ... Read full review