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Milton was ever a favorite poet with Your Lordship . You confidered him always as a claffic author in English , and were defirous to have him published as fuch : and though • This is faid of the Firft Edition in Quarto .
John Milton , the poet's grand - father , was , according to Mr. Wood , an under - ranger or keeper of the forest of Shotover near Halton in Oxfordfhire ; he was of the religion of Rome , and fuch a bigot that he difinherited his fon ...
But this poem is not all made up of forrow and tendernefs ; there is a mixture of fatir and indignation ; for in part of it the poet taketh occafion to inveigh against the corruptions of the clergy , and feemeth to have first discovered ...
The Duke of Buckingham in his Effay on poetry prefers Taffo and Spenfer to Milton : and it is related in the life of the witty Earl of Rochester , that he had no notion of a better poet than Cowley .
His merits indeed were fingular ; for he was a man not only of wonderful genius , but of immense learning and erudition ; not only an incomparable poet , but a great mathematician , logician , hiftorian , and divine .
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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.