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... much a finer writer , and if I may be allowed to mention it , in poetry as well as in profe . For the ftate has not wholly ingroffed Your time and attention ; at proper feafons and intervals You have alfo facrificed to the Mufes .
And certainly next to a good writer , a good critic holds the fecond rank in the republic of letters . And if the pious and learned Bishop of Theffalonica has gained immortal honor by his notes upon Homer , it can be no difcredit to a ...
Mr. Thyer however hath had the goodness to endevor to repair the lofs to me and to the public by writing what he could recollect , and fending me a fheet or two full of reB 2 marks marks almost every post for several weeks together ...
under the last : but I would not produce every thing that hath any fimilitude and refemblance , but only fuch paffages as we may fuppofe the author really alluded to , and had in mind at the time of writing . It was once my intention to ...
It may be right for scholars now and then to exercise themselves in Greek and Latin ; but we have much more frequent occafion to write letters in our own native language , and in that therefore we should principally endevor to excel .
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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.