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What his associates thence attempt . Tandemonium , the palace of Satan , rises ,
suddenly built out of the deep : The infernal peers there sit in council . 5 OF Man's
first disobedience , and the fruit Of that forbidden tree , whose mortal taste ...
... and named 80 Beelzebub . To whom the Archenemy , And thence in Heaven
call'd Satan , with bold words Breaking the horrid silence , thus began . If thou be
he ; but o , how fallen ! how changed From him , who , in the happy realms of light
... Moors by his side under the lee , while night Invests the sea , and wished morn
delays : So stretch'd out huge in length the Archfiend lay , Chain'd on the burning
lake : nor eyer thence 210 Had risen , or heaved his head ; but that the will And ...
Yet thence his lustful orgies he enlarged 415 Even to that hill of scandal , by the
grove Of Moloch homicide ; lust hard by hate ; Till good Josiah drove them thence
to Hell . With these came they , who , from the bordering flood Of old Euphrates ...
... and birthright seized By younger Saturn ; he from mightier Jove , His own and
Rhea's son , like measure found ; So Jove usurping reign'd . these first in Crete
And Ida known , thence on the snowy top 515 Of cold Olympus ruled the middle
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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