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... he views The dismal situation waste and wild : 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 ,
Soest 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 ...
... 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 - 225 Aloft ,
incumbent on the dusky air , That felt unusual weight ; till on dry land He lights , if
Said then the lost Archangel , this the seat That we must change for Heaven ; this
mournful gloom For that celestial light ? Be it so ! since he , 245 Who now is Soy '
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