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The difmal fituation waste and wild : A dungeon horrible , on all fides round , As one great furnace , flam'd : yet from thofe flames No light , but rather darkness visible , 65 Serv'd only to difcover fights of woe , Regions of forrow ...
Seeft thou yon dreary plain , forlorn and wild , 180 The feat of defolation , void of light , Save what the glimmering of these livid flames Cafts pale and dreadful ? thither let us tend From off the toffing of these fiery waves ; There ...
220 Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool His mighty ftature ; on each hand the flames Driv'n backward flope their pointing fpires , and rowl'd In billows , leave i ' th ' midst a horrid vale . Then with expanded wings he steers ...
No ! let us rather chufe , Arm'd with hell flames and fury , all at once O'er heav'n's high tow'rs to force refistless way , Turning our tortures into horrid arms Against the torturer : when to meet the noise Of His Almighty engin He ...
... And plunge us in the flames ? Or , from above , Should intermitted vengeance arm again His red right hand to plague us ? What if all Her ftores were open'd , and this firmament Of hell should spout her cataracts of fire ?
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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