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under the last : but I would not produce every thing that hath any fimilitude and refemblance , but only fuch paffages ... a third upon his imitations & c ; but upon more mature deliberation I concluded that the fame things would have a ...
Having feen the finest parts of Italy , Milton was now thinking of paffing over into Sicily and Greece , when he was diverted from his purpose by the news from England , that , things were tending to a civil war between the King and ...
But while he was engaged in this controversy of divorce , he was not fo totally engaged in it , but he attended to other things ; and about this time published his letter of Education to Mr. Samuel Hartlib , who wrote some things about ...
... which detained him fo long from following things more agreeable to his natural genius and inclination , tho ' he was far from ever repenting of his writings in defense of liberty , but gloried in them to the laft .
... rightly adjudged to our author , both on account of the peculiar elegance of the ftile , and because it was his province to write fuch things as Latin Secretary ; and it is printed among his other profe - works in the laft edition .
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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.