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And this together with fome Latin verses of his to a friend , reflecting upon the university seemingly on this account , might probably have given occafion to the reproach which was afterwards caft upon him by his adverfaries , that he ...
The Greek by H. More & c ; the Latin by T. Farnaby , J. Pearfon & c ; the English by H. King , J. Beaumont , J. Cleaveland with feveral others ; and judiciously the laft of all , as the best of all , is Milton's Lycidas .
Antonio Francini compofed an Italian ode in his commendation , Carlo Dati wrote a Latin eulogium of him , and correfponded with him after his return to England . Bonmatthei was at that time about publishing an Italian grammar ; and the ...
At Rome too Selvaggi made a Latin diftich in honor of Milton , and Salfilli a Latin tetraftich , celebrating him for his Greek and Latin and Italian poetry ; and he in return prefented to Salfilli in his fickness those fine Scazons ...
... a Latin distich in his praise , which is printed before our author's Latin poems , as is likewife the other of Selvaggi , and the Latin tetraftich of Salfilli together with the Italian ode and the Latin eulogium before mentioned .
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Chronicles the rise and fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Begins with the crowning of the Son of God, moves to Lucifer's rebellion and fall, the beginning of the Earth, the birth of Adam and Eve, and how they fell prey to Satan's fraud.
Written in 10 syllable per line prose, which must have been very difficult. Milton was blind, which makes the accomplishment even more amazing. Parts of the book were wonderfully written (the battles with Satan, Eden, the creation of the Earth, the coming events as Adam and Eve are escorted from Eden by Archangel Michael), but others are difficult with many references to Greek characters. I'm sure Milton was brilliant, but those parts don't add much for me and make it seem as though he's being pretentious. I also disliked the way all the characters addressed each other: "Lo, great angel from Heaven, graceful and true of spirit." The pictures of the story in the book, while they received vast praise in the preface, were forgettable.
Still, I can't get away from the amazing work that Milton put here. My only real compliant was the blatant sexism that Adam had for Eve, assuming she was always inferior to him. That is no longer the way of the world, and I doubt Adam would have treated Eve thusly. Sin, Death. Satan, Michael and Raphael were my favorite characters, all providing memorable lines.