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... That with sad overthrow , and foul defeat , 135 Hath lost us Heaven , and all
this mighty host In horrible destruction laid thus low , As far as Gods and
heavenly essences Can perish : for the mind and spirit remains Invincible , and
vigour soon ...
And thou , profoundest Hell , Receive thy new possessor ! one who brings A mind
not to be changed by place or time : The mind is its own place , and in itself Can
make a Heaven of Hell , a Hell of Heaven . 255 What matter where , if I be still ...
... unmoved With dread of death to flight or foul retreat ; 555 Nor wanting power to
mitigate and suage With solemn touches troubled thoughts , and chase Anguish ,
and doubt , and fear , and sorrow , and pain From mortal or immortal minds .
Matchless , but with the Almighty ! and that strife Was not inglorious , though the
event was dire , As this place testifies , and this dire change 625 Hateful to utter :
but what power of mind , Foreseeing or presaging , from the depth Of knowledge
Where there is then no good For which to strive , no strife can grow up there From
faction ; for none sure will claim in Hell Precedence ; none , whose portion is so
small Of present pain , that with ambitious mind Will covet more . With this ...
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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