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220 Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool His mighty stature : on each hand
the flames , Driven backward , slope their pointing spires , and rollid In billows ,
leave i ' the midst a horrid vale . Then with expanded wings he steers his flight ...
... and by his suggestion taught , 685 Ransack ' d the centre , and with impious
hands Rifled the bowels of their mother Earth For treasures , better hid . Soon
had his crew Open ' d into the hill a spacious wound , And digg ' d out ribs of gold
710 And hands innumerable scarce perform . ... The hasty multitude Admiring
enter ' d ; and the work some praise , And some the architect : his hand was
known In Heaven by many a tower ' d structure high , Where sceptred Angels
held their ...
... directed by Chaos , the Power of that place , to the sight of this new world
which he sought . 10 High on a throne of royal stato , which far Outshone the
wealth of Ormus and of Ind , Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand
Showers on ...
What if the breath , that kindled those grim fires , 170 Awaked , should blow them
into sevenfold rage , And plunge us in the flames ? or , from above , Should
intermitted vengeance arm again 185 His red right hand to plague us ? What 3 ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StefanY - LibraryThing
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