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A dungeon horrible on all sides round As one great furnace flamed ; yet from
those flames No light ; but rather darkness visible Served only to discover sights
of woe , Regions of sorrow , doleful shades , where peace And rest can never
Seest thou yon dreary plain , forlorn and wild , 180 The seat of desolation , void of
light , Save what the glimmering of these livid flames Casts pale and dreadful ?
Thither let us tend From off the tossing of these fiery waves ; There rest , if any ...
... their pointing spires , and rollid In billows , leave i ' the midst a horrid vale .
Then with expanded wings he steers his flight 225 Aloft , incumbent on the dusky
air , That felt unusual weight ; till on dry land He lights , if it were land that ever
260 Said then the lost Archangel , this the seat That we must change for Heaven ;
this mournful gloose For that celestial light ? Be it so ! since he , 245 Who row is
Sov ' reign , can dispose and bid What shall be right : furthest from him is best ...
... and surrounding fires ; Till , as a signal given , the uplifted spear Of their great
Sultan , waving to direct Their course , in even balance down they light On the
firm brimstone , and fill all the plain ; 350 A multitude , like which the populous
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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