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Anon , out of the earth , a fabric huge 710 Rose like an exhalation , with the
sound Of dulcet symphonies and voices sweet , Built like a temple , where
pilasters round Were set , and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave ; nor
did there ...
... 490 Scowls o ' er the darken ' d landscape snow or shower ; If chance the
radiant sun with farewell sweet Extend his evening beam , the fields revive , The
birds their notes renew , and bleating herds Attest their joy , that hill and valley
In discourge more sweet ( For eloquence the soul , song charms the sense , ) 556
Others apart sat on a hill retired , In thoughts more elevate , and reason ' d high
Of providence , foreknowledge , will , and fate ; Fix ' d fate , free will ...
They ferry over this Lethean sound Both to and fro , their sorrow to augment , 605
And wish and struggle , as they pass , to reach The tempting stream , with one
small drop to lose In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe , All in one moment ...
... answer ' d smooth Dear Daughter ! since thou claim ' st me for thy sire * And my
fair son here show ' st me , ( the dear pledge Of dalliance had with thee in
Heaven , and joys Then sweet , now sad to mention , through dire PARADISE
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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