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WH HEN I beheld the Poet blind , yet bold , In flender book His vaft defign unfold : Meffiah crown'd , God's reconcil'd , decree , Rebelling Angels , the Forbidden Tree , Heav'n , Hell , Earth , Chaos , All ! the argument Held me a ...
Which action pafs'd over , the Poem haftes into the midft of things , prefenting Satan with bis Angels now fallen into hell , describ'd here , not in the centre ( for heav'n and earth may be fuppos'd as yet not made , certainly not yet ...
... and regain the blissful feat , Sing heav'nly Mufe ! that on the secret top Of Oreb , or of Sinai , didft inspire That shepherd , who first taught the chofen feed , In the beginning how the heav'ns , and earth , Rofe out of Chaos .
... As whom the fables name , of monftrous size , Titanian , or Earth - born , that warr'd on Jove , Briareus , or Typhon , whom the den By ancient Tarfus held ; or that fea - beast Leviathan , which God of all his works Created hugeft ...
Nor had they yet among the fons of Eve Got them new names ; ' till wand'ring o'er the earth , Thro ' God's high sufferance for the tryal of man , By falfities and lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted , to forfake God their ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StefanY - LibraryThing
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