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... hill Satan had journey'd on , pensive and slow ; But further way found none , so
thick entwined , As one continued brake , the undergrowth 175 Of shrubs and
tangling bushes had perplex'd All path of man or beast that pass'd that way .
... brimming stream ; Nor gentle purpose , nor endearing smiles Wanted , nor
youthful dalliance , as beseems Fair couple , link'd in happy nuptial league ,
Alone as they . About them frisking play'd 340 All beasts of the earth , since wild ,
Now came still Evening on , and Twilight gray , Had in her sober livery all things
clad ; Silence accompanied ; for beast and bird , 600 They to their grassy couch ,
these to their nests , Were slunk , all but the wakeful nightingale ; She all night ...
... underfoot the violet , 700 Crocus , and hyacinth , with rich inlay Broider'd the
ground , more colour'd than with stone Of costliest emblem : Other creature here ,
Bird , beast , insect , or worm , durst enter none , Such was their awe of Man .
The sixth , and of creation last , arose With evening harps and matin ; when God
said , 450 Let the Earth bring forth soul living in her kind , Cattle , and creeping
things , and beast of the Earth , Each in their kind . The Earth obey'd , and straight
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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