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Three Poets in three distant Ages born , Greece , Italy and England diš adorn ;
The First īn loftiness of Thought surpassd : The Next in Majesty , in both the Last ;
The force of Nature could no further go : To make : Third she joynd the former
Into what pit thou seest , From what height fall'n ; so much the stronger prov'd He
with his thunder ! and till then who knew The force of those dire arms ? Yet not for
those , Nor what the potent victor in his rage 95 Can else inflict , do I repent , or ...
120 We may , with more successful hope , resolve To wage by force or guile
eternal war , Irreconcileable to our grand foe : Who now triumphs , and in th'
excess of joy Sole reigning , holds the tyranny of heav'n . So spake th'apostate
... incumbent on the dusky air , That felt unusual weight : till on dry land He lights ,
if it were land that ever burn'd With solid , as the lake with liquid fire : And such
appeard in hue , as when the force Of subterranean wind transports a hill Torn ...
... heav'n ? this mournfulgloom For that coelestial light be it so ! since He 245
Who now is Sov'reign can dispose , and bid What shall be right : farthest from
Him is best , Whom reason hath equall'd , force hath made supreme Above his
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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