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... fine paffages out of ancient and modern authors , by which Milton had profited ; and this collection , which is written in the margin and between the lines of Mr. Hume's annotations , Mr. Richardson the fon has put into my hands .
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 ...
And the fame reafon induced Dryden to turn the principal parts of Paradife Loft into rime in his Opera called the State of innocence and Fall of man ; to tag his lines , as Milton himself expreffed it , alluding to the fashion then of ...
It is curious to fee the first thoughts and fubfequent corrections of fo great a poet as Milton : but it is remarkable in thefe manufcript poems , that he doth not often make his ftops , or begin his lines with great letters .
Adam the goodlieft man of men fince born His fons , the fairest of her daughters Eve It is plain , that in the former of thefe paffages , according to the naural fyntax , the divine Perfons entioned in the first line are reprefented as ...
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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.