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... Though changed in outward lustre , that fix ' d mind , And high disdain from
sense of injured merit , That with the Mightiest raised me to contend , And to the
fierce contention brought along 100 Innumerable force of Spirits arm ' d , mis :
... destruction laid thus low , As far as Gods and heavenly essences Can perish :
for the mind and spirit remains Invincible , and vigour soon returns , 140 Though
all our glory extinct , and happy state Here swallow ' d up in endless misery .
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 .
635 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 ...
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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