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Which action passed over , the Poem hastens into the midst of things , presenting
Satan with his Angels now falling into Hell , described here , not in the centre ( for
Heaven and Earth may be supposed as yet not made , certainly not yet ...
15 Above the A÷nian mount , while it pursues Things unattempted yet in prose or
rhyme . And chiefly Thou , O Spirit , that dost prefer Before all temples the upright
heart and pure , Instruct me , for Thou know ' st ; Thou from the frstWast present ...
... Gods adored Among the nations round : and durst abide 385 Jehovah
thundering out of Sion , throned Between the cherubim ; yea , often placed Within
his sanctuary itself their shrines , Abominations ; and with cursed things His holy
And here let those , Who boast in mortal things , and wondering tell Of Babel ,
and the works of Memphian kings , Learn how their greatest monuments of fame ,
And strength , and art , are easily outdone By Spirits reprobate , and in an hour ...
My voice dissuades ; for what can force or guile With him , or who deceive his
mind , whose eye Views all things at one view ? He from Heaven ' s height All
these our motions vain sees and derides ; 191 Not more almighty to resist our
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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