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... that he was expelled from the univerfity for irregularities committed there , and forced to fly to Italy : but he fufficiently refutes this calumny in more places than one of his works ; and indeed it is no wonder , that a perfon ...
It is very feldom seen , that fuch application and fuch a genius meet in the fame perfon . The force of either is great , but both together muft perform wonders . He was now in the 17th year of his age , and was a very good claffical ...
... who was then embassador at the French court from the famous Chriftina Queen of Sweden ; and the vifit was to their mutual fatisfaction ; they were each of them pleased to fee a perfon , of whom they had heard fuch commendations .
Whether it was , that fhe had conceived any diflike to her husband's perfon or humor ; or whether he could not conform to his retired and philofophical manner of life , having been accustomed to a houfe of much gaiety and company ...
... Anne Pierpoint : eldest daughter to Henry Marquis of Dorchester , he was confulted by an eminent member of that House , and about the fame time by a chief officer of state , as being the prime perfon who was knowing in that affair .
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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.