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For the ftate has not wholly ingroffed Your time and attention ; at proper feafons and intervals You have alfo facrificed to the Mufes . Your writings in other kinds are very well known to the world , have long been in A 3 every every ...
The life of the author it is almost become a custom to prefix to a new edition of his works ; for when we admire the writer , we are curious alfo to know fomething of the man : and the life of Milton is not barely a hiftory of his works ...
... who received him with the greatest humanity , and showed him all the Greek authors , whether in print or in manufcript , which had paffed thro ' his correction ; and alfo prefented him to Cardinal Barberini , who at an entertainment ...
... it to the Parlament of England with the Affembly of Divines , that as they were then confulting about the general reformation of the kingdom , they might alfo take this particular cafe of domeftic liberty into their confideration .
... in the presence of several perfons , and that Salmafius was very angry , and very bufy in preparing his anfwer , wherein he abufed Milton as if he had been one of the vileft catamites in Italy , and alfo criticized his Latin poems .
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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.