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The whole is very well worthy of the perufal of every lover and admirer of Milton , but fuch parts only are ingraffed into this work as are more immediately proper for our design , and explain fome difficulty , or illuftrate fome beauty ...
... as feemed to him just and reasonable . was a fatisfaction to see what so great a genius thought particularly of that edition , and he appears throughout the whole to have been a very candid reader , and to have approved of more than ...
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 .
... without offenfe of others , or of my own confcience : Signor Arrigo meo , fays he , i penfieri ftretti , & il vifo fciolto , that is , Your thoughts clofe , and Your countenance loose , " will go fafely over the whole world .
... whofe fecond daughter had been married to the other brother many years before . The part , that Milton acted in this whole affair , fhowed plainly that he had a spirit capable of the strongest refentment , but yet more inclinable to ...
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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.