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under the last : but I would not produce every thing that hath any fimilitude and refemblance , but only fuch paffages as we may fuppofe the author really alluded to , and had in mind at the time of writing . It was once my intention to ...
For the work " itself I had view'd fome good while before with fingular delight , having received it from our common friend Mr. R. in the very close of the late " R's poems printed at Oxford ; whereunto it is " added , as I now fuppofe ...
And these provocations , I fuppofe , contributed not a little to make him fuch an enemy to the Presbyterians , to whom he had before diftinguished himself a friend . He compofed likewise two of his fonnets on the reception his book of ...
... in this was any injury done to the other lady , whom he was courting , for fhe is faid to have been always averfe from the motion , not daring I fuppofe to venture in marriage with a man who was known to have a wife ftill living .
... avenged by Mr. Locke , who wrote against Sir Robert Filmer's principles of government , more I fuppofe in condefcenfion to the prejudices of the age , than out of any regard to the weight or importance of Filmer's arguments .
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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.