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To thefe Satan directs his fpeech , comforts them with hope yet of regaining heaven : but tells them laftly of a new world , and new kind of creature to be created ; according to an antient prophecy or report in heaven : for that Angels ...
... Regions of forrow ! doleful fhades ! where peace 65 And reft can never dwell ! hope never comes , That comes to all : but torture without end Still urges , and a fiery deluge , fed With ever - burning fulphur unconfum'd !
... And this empyreal substance cannot fail ; Since through experience of this great event , ( In arms not worse , in forefight much advanc'd , ) 115 110 We may , with more fuccessful hope , refolve To 6 PARADISE LOST . Book 1 .
We may , with more fuccessful hope , refolve To wage by force or guile eternal war , Irreconcileable to our grand foe : Who now triumphs , and in th ' excess of joy Sole reigning , holds the tyranny of heav'n .
... our afflicted pow'rs , Confult how we may henceforth most offend 185 Our enemy ; our own lofs how repair ; How overcome this dire calamity ; What reinforcement we may gain from hope ; 190 If not , what refolution from despair .
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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