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The bird nam'd from that Paradise you sing So never flags , but always keeps on wing . Where couldst thou words of such a compass find ?
... wherein he has either changed airy flight the name , or made use of that Upborne with indefatigable wings which is not the most commonly Over the vast ...
767 . at his right hand victory And sometimes to give the greater Sat eagle - wing'd ; | beside him variety to the verse , there are two hung his bow , VI .
... Thou from the firft Waft present , and with mighty wings outspread 20 Dove - like fatst brooding on the vast abyfs , And mad'st it pregnant : what in me ...
... Wing'd with red lightning and impetuous rage , 175 Perhaps hath spent his shafts , and ceases now To bellow through the vast and boundless deep , Let us ...
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Chronicles the rise and fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Begins with the crowning of the Son of God, moves to Lucifer's rebellion and fall, the beginning of the Earth, the birth of Adam and Eve, and how they fell prey to Satan's fraud.
Written in 10 syllable per line prose, which must have been very difficult. Milton was blind, which makes the accomplishment even more amazing. Parts of the book were wonderfully written (the battles with Satan, Eden, the creation of the Earth, the coming events as Adam and Eve are escorted from Eden by Archangel Michael), but others are difficult with many references to Greek characters. I'm sure Milton was brilliant, but those parts don't add much for me and make it seem as though he's being pretentious. I also disliked the way all the characters addressed each other: "Lo, great angel from Heaven, graceful and true of spirit." The pictures of the story in the book, while they received vast praise in the preface, were forgettable.
Still, I can't get away from the amazing work that Milton put here. My only real compliant was the blatant sexism that Adam had for Eve, assuming she was always inferior to him. That is no longer the way of the world, and I doubt Adam would have treated Eve thusly. Sin, Death. Satan, Michael and Raphael were my favorite characters, all providing memorable lines.