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Confounded , though immortal : But his doom Reserved him to more wrath ; for
now the thought Both of lost happiness , and lasting pain , 55 Torments him :
round he throws his baleful eyes , That witness ' d huge affliction and dismay Mix '
... massy , large , and round , 285 Behind him cast ; the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the nioon , whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan
artist views At Evening from the top of Fesolé , Or in Valdarno , to descry new
As when the potent rod Of Amram ' s son , in Egypt ' s evil day , Waved round the
coast , up call ' d a pitchy cloud 340 Of locusts , warping on the eastern wind ,
That o ' er the realm of impious Pharaoh hung Like night , and darken ' d all the ...
330 The chief were those , who from the pit of Hell Roaming to seek their prey on
earth , darst fix Their seats long after next the seat of God , Their altars by his altar
; Gods adored Among the nations round : and durst abide 385 Jehovah ...
He now prepared 615 To speak ; whereat their doubled ranks they bend From
wing to wing , and half enclose him round With all his peers : Attention held them
mute . Thrice he essay ' d , and thrice , in spite of scorn , Tears , such as Angels ...
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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