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HEN I beheld the Poet blind , yet bold , In Nender book His vast design unfold :
Meffiab crown'd , God's reconcil'd , decree , Rebelling Angels , the Forbidden
Tree , Heav'n , Hell , Earth , Chaos , All ! the argument Held me a - while
Which action pass'd over , the Poem haftes into the midst of things , presenting
Satan with bis Angels now fallen into hell , describ'd here , not in the centre ( for
heav'n and earth may be suppos'd as yet not made , certainly not yet & ccurs'd ) ...
... Restore us , and regain the blissful seat , 5 Sing heav'nly Muse ! that on the
secret top Of Oreb , or of Sinai , didft inspire That shepherd , who first taught the
chosen seed , In the beginning how the heav'ns , and earth , Rose out of Chaos .
... Titanian , or Earth - born , that warr'd on Jove , Briareus , or Typhon , whom the
den By ancient Tarfus held ; or that fea - beast Leviatban , which God of all his
works Created hugest that swim th'ocean stream : ( Him , haply Numb'ring on the
Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve 364 Got them new names ; ' till wand'ring
o'er the earth , Thro ' God's high sufferance for the tryal of man , By falsities and
lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted , to forsake God their Creator ...
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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