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He was however esteemed one of the moft eminent preachers of that age among the proteftants ; but as Monfieur Bayle obferves , his chief talent muft have confifted in the gracefulness of his delivery , or in thofe fallies of imagination ...
Tully obferves , that it is very easy to brand or fix a mark upon what he calls verbum ardens , or , as it may be rendered into English , a glowing bold expreffion , and to turn it into ridicule by a cold illnatured criticism .
Voltaire obferves , Antonio de Solis , in his excellent Hiftory of Mexico hath ventur'd on the fame thought , when fpeaking of the place wherein Montezuma was wont to confult his Deities ; " " Twas a large dark " fubterraneous vault ...
A 370 T And is , as Mr. Upton obferves , by falfe idols , under a corporeal reprefentation , belying the true God . The poet plainly alludes to Rom . I. 22 , & c . When they knew God , they glorified him not as God and changed the glory ...
In the fame fense we use flush'd with fuccefs , as Mr. Thyer obferves , hasil bola of > VOL . ... But obferve that Milton in the fecond edition changed yielded into expos'd , because in what w was done at Gibeah , Judg . XIX .
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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.