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BOOK I . The Gist Book proposes , first in brief , the whole subject , Man ' s die
obedience , and the lose thereupon of Paradise wherein he was placed : Then
touches the prine cause of his Fall , the Serpent , or rather Satan in the Serpent ;
Say first , for Heaven hides nothing from thy viow , Nor the deep tract of Hell ; say
first , what cause Moved our grand Parents , in that happy state , Favour ' d of
Heaven so highly , to fall off From their Creator , and transgress his will For one ...
Into this wild abyss , 910 The womb of Nature and perhaps her grave , Of neither
sea , nor shore , nor air , nor fire , But all these in their pregnant causes mix ' d
Confusedly , and which thus must ever fight , Unless the Almighty Maker them ...
... and worthicst to be all Had in renxembrance always with delight But what
creative mind can comprehend 705 Their number , or the wisdoin infinite That
brought them forth , but hid their causes deep I saw when at his word the formless
Yct , not rejoicing in his speed , though bold Far off and fearless , nor with cause
to boast , Begins his dire attempt ; which nigh the birth 15 Now rolling boils in his
tumultuous breast , And like a devilish engine back recoils Upe : 1 himself ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - VivalaErin - LibraryThing
The shortest answer is: John Milton was a poetic genius. PL is so beautiful, you can't help but feel for Adam and Eve. Even Satan is a great character - he so wants to be an epic hero. This poem is a masterpiece, and he wrote it completely blind. Beautiful, absolutely amazing. Read full review
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Historical significance and beautifully descriptive prose aside, I couldn't get into this book at all. Maybe it's too much familiarity with the plot or the inevitability of the impending doom of the ... Read full review