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A Poem, in Twelve Books John Milton. O publish new and correct editions of the T. works of approved authors has ever been esteemed a service to learning ...
A Poem, in Twelve Books John Milton. defire to transcribe all their excellences , but have no notion of perpetuating their faults and errors .
The occasion of this poem seemeth to have been merely an accident of the two brothers and the lady having lost one another in their way to the castle : and ...
A Poem, in Twelve Books John Milton ... and published a collection of poems , Greek and Latin and English , sacred to his memory .
A Poem, in Twelve Books John Milton. Sienna to Rome , where he stayed much about the fame time that he had continued at Florence , feasting both his eyes ...
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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.