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... the prime cause of his Fall , the Serpent , or rather Satan in the Serpent ; who ,
revolting from God , and drawing to his side many legions of Angels , was , by the
cominand of God , driven out of Heaven , with all his crew , into the great deep .
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
Before the gates there sat , On either side a formidable shape : The one seemd
woman to the waist , and fair ; . 650 € But ended foul in many a scaly fold
Voluminous and vast ; a serpent arm ' d With mortal sting : About her middle
round A cry ...
345 To make them mirth , used all his might , and wreath ' d His lithe proboscis ;
close the serpent sly , Insinuating , wove with Gordian twine His braided train ,
and of his fatal guile Gave proof unheeded ; others on the grass 350 Couch ' d ...
... wide With serpent error wandering , found their way , And on the washy ooze
deep channels wore ; Easy , ere God had bid the ground be dry , All but within
those banks , where rivers now 305 Stream , and perpetual draw their humid train
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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