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Dr. Pearce , the prefent Lord Bishop of Bangor , has diftinguished his taste and judgment in choofing always the best authors for the fubjects of his criticism , as Cicero and Longinus among the Ancients , and Milton among the Moderns .
In 1732 appeared Dr. Bentley's new edition with notes : and the year following Dr. Pearce published his Review of the text , in which the chief of Dr. Bentley's emendations are confidered , and several other emendaVOL .
Pearce . VOL . I. 15 16. Things unattempted yet in profe or rbime . ] Milton appears to - have meant a different thing by = rbime here , from rime in his preface , where it is fix times men- It is faid that Milton took the first tion'd ...
Pearce . - Befides the other methods which Milton has employ'd to diverfify and improve his numbers , he takes the fame liberties as Shakespear and others of our old poets , and in imitation of the Greeks and Latins 40 45.
Pearce . -- ως αν σκοτιον είσορα κνέφας . There is much the fame image in Spenfer , but not fo bold , Fairy Queen , B. 1. Cant . 1. St. 14 . A little glooming light , much like a fhade . Or after all , the author might perhaps take the ...
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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.