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His visage drawn he selt to sharp and spare ; His arms clung to his ribs ; his legs
entwining Bach other , till supplanted down he fell A monstrous serpent on his
belly prone , Reluctant ; but in vain , a greater pow'r 515 Now ruld him , punish'd
... Heav'n - fall'n , in station stood or just array , 555 Sublime with expectation ,
when to see In triumph issuing forth their glorious chief : They faw , but other fight
instead ! a crowd Of ugly serpents : horror on them fell , And horrid sympathy : for
Down fell both spear and shield , down they as fast , And the dire hiss renew'd ,
and the dire farm Catch'd by contagion , like in punishment , As in their crime .
Thus was th ' applause they meant , 545 Turn'd to exploding hiss , triumph to
... instead of fruit 565 Chew'd bitter alhes , which th ' offended taste With
spattering noile rejected : oft they allay'd , Hunger and thirst constraining ; drug'd
as oft With hatefullest difrelifh , writl'd their jaws With foot and cinders fillid : fo oft
they fell ...
Thus Adam to himself lamented loud 845 Through the still night , not now , as ere
man fell , Wholesome and cool , and mild ; but with black air Accompanied : with
damps and dreadful gloom ; Which to his evil conscience represented All things ...
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LibraryThing ReviewBrugeranmeldelse - 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. Læs hele anmeldelsen
LibraryThing ReviewBrugeranmeldelse - 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 ... Læs hele anmeldelsen