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However feveral of the later editions have been infcribed to Lord Sommers , as a great admirer and encourager of this work : and indeed fuch a poem fhould be addreffed only to the most worthy , to Lord Sommers , or One like Him a judge ...
... for it is greatly to be lamented , when we can produce models in poetry fuperior to any or all the nations in Europe , that we fhould be deficient and inferior to feveral of them in the fifter art of painting .
... content to leave others in place and power , who You thought were most able and best qualified for the administration of public affairs , and retired Yourself with only a dignity , which had been offered You feveral times before .
It was recommended to me indeed to print intire Mr. Addifon's Spectators upon the Paradife Loft , as ingenious effays which had contributed greatly to the reputation of the poem , and having been added to feveral editions they could not ...
But befides the flower of those which have been already published , here are feveral new observations offered to the world , both of others and my own . Dr. Heylin lent me the use of his manufcript remarks , but much the greater part of ...
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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.