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Therefore I have been bold to " trouble You with a few lines to Mr. M. B. whom " You fhall eafily find attending the young Lord S. " as his governor ; and You may furely receive from " him good directions for fhaping of Your farther ...
In any part where I fhall understand You " fixed , I fhall be glad and diligent to entertain " You with home - novelties , even for fome fomen" tation of our friendship , too foon interrupted in " the cradle .
And in Paradife Loft we fhall find nothing upon this head , that is not perfectly agreeable to Scripture . The learned Dr. Trap , who was as likely to cry out upon herefy as any man , afferts that the poem is orthodox in every part of ...
For this reafon I fhall wave the difcuffion of that point which was started some years fince , Whether Milton's Paradife Loft may be called an Heroic Poem ? Thofe who will not give it that title , may call it ( if they please ) a Divine ...
... as I fhall fhow more at large hereafter . Virgil has , indeed , admitted Fame as an actress in the Æneid , but the part fhe acts is very fhort , and none of the most admired circumftances in that divine work .
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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.