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Which action passed over , the Poem hastens into the midst of things , presenting
Satan with his Angels now falling into Hell , described here , not in the centre ( for
Heaven and Earth may be supposed as yet not made , certainly not yet ...
The infernal Serpent ; he it was , whose guile , Stirrd up with evvy and revenge ,
deceived 35 The mother of mankind , what time his pride Had cast his au fioj
Heaven , with all his host Of rebel Angels : by whose aid , aspiring To set himself
... That witness ' d huge affliction and dismay Mix ' d with obdurate pride and
steadfast hate : At once , as far as Angels ken , he views The dismal situation
waste and wild : A dungeon horrible on all sides round As one great furnace
flamed ; yet ...
So spake the apostate Angel , though in pain , 125 Vaunting aloud , but rack ' d
with deep despair : And him thus answer ' d soon his bold compeer . O Prince , O
Chief of many throned Powers , 110 120 That led the embattled Seraphim to war
... and the torrid clime Smote on him sore besides , vaulted with fire : Nathless he
so endured , till on the beach Of that inflamed sea he stood , and call ' d 300 His
legions , Angel forms , who lay entranced Thick as autumnal leaves that strow ...
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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