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And if I may presume to know any thing of the spirit or mind of Milton by a diligent perusal of his works , he would be pleased with the offering of any of ...
... and flowing conversation , often instructive , always agreeable and entertaining ; Your focial and convivial spirit , that it is a happiness to live or ...
... he had too free a spirit to be limited and confined ; and was for comprehending all sciences , but professing none . And therefore after he had left the ...
... in 1637 , with a dedication to the Lord Brackly by Mr. H. Lawes , who compos'd the music , and played the part of the attendent Spirit .
... he was neither afraid , nor ashamed to vindicate the truth ; and if any man had , he had in him the spirit of an old martyr .
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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.