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We might have been much larger and more copious under each of these heads , and especially ; under * In this edition they are inferted in their proper places . under the last : but I would not produce every PREFACE .
... to whofe natural debility were added too frequent head - akes : but all could not extinguifh or abate his laudable paffion for letters . It is very feldom seen , that fuch application and fuch a genius meet in the fame perfon .
... the corruptions of the clergy , and feemeth to have first discovered his acrimony against Archbishop Laud , and to have threaten'd him with the lofs of his head , which afterwards happened to him thro ' the fury of his enemies .
In the year 1643 , and the 35th of his age , he married ; and indeed his family was now growing fo numerous , that it wanted a mistress at the head of " it . His father , who had lived with his it . xx The LIFE of MILTON . in answer to ...
... the King's head - quarters being in their neighbourhood at Oxford , and his Majefty having now fome fairer profpect of fuccefs ; whether any or all of these were the reafons of this extraordinary behaviour ; however it was , it fo ...
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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.