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In 1637 he wrote another excellent piece , his Lycidas , wherein he laments the untimely fate of a friend , who was unfortunately drowned that fame year in the month of Auguft , on the Irifh feas , in his paffage from Chester .
ic " " L << " I should think , that Your beft line will be " thro ' the whole length of France to Marseilles , " and thence by fea to Genoa , whence the paffage " into Tuscany is as diurnal as a Gravefend barge .
... of Satan's fpeech , addreffed to the fun in the fourth book , were fhown to him and fome others as defigned for the beginning of the tragedy , feveral years before the poem was begun and many other paffages might be produced , which ...
It was in danger of being fuppreffed thro ' the malice or ignorance of the licencer , who took exception at fome paffages , and particularly at that noble fimile , in the first book , of the fun in an eclipfe , in which he fancied that ...
that the Earl , in company with Mr. Shephard , look ing about for books in Little Britain , accidentally met with Paradife Loft ; and being furprised at fome paffages in dipping here and there , he bought it . The bookfeller begged his ...
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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.