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... it can be no difcredit to a graver Divine than myself to comment upon fuch a divine poem as the Paradife Loft , efpecially after fome great men , who have gone before me in this exercise , and whofe example is fanction fufficient .
Some other affiftance too I have received from perfons , whofe names are unknown , and others , whofe names I am not at liberty to mention : but I hope the Speaker of the House of Commons will pardon my ambition to have it known ...
... to whofe natural debility were added too frequent head - akes : but all could not extinguifh or abate his laudable paffion for letters . It is very feldom seen , that fuch application and fuch a genius meet in the fame perfon .
In this city he tarried fome time , meeting here with people of his own principles , and contracted an intimate friendship with Giovanni Deodati , the most learned profeffor of divinity , whofe annotations upon the Bible are published ...
... Barbican : and till . this could be got ready , the place pitched upon for his wife's abode was the widow Webber's houfe in St. Clement's Churchyard , whofe fecond daughter had been married to the other brother many years before .
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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.