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270 So Satan spake , and him Beëlzebub Thus answered : " Leader of those
armies bright , Which , but the Omnipotent , none could have foiled , If once they
hear that voice , their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers - heard so oft
But he , his wonted pride Soon recollecting , with high words , that bore
Semblance of worth , not substance , gently raised Their fainting courage and
dispelled their fears ; 530 Then straight commands that , at the warlike sound Of
... firm , and unmoved With dread of death to flight or foul retreat ; Nor wanting
power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches troubled thoughts , and chase
Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain From mortal or immortal minds .
... obscured : as when the sun , new - risen , Looks through the horizontal misty
air , Shorn of his beams , or , from behind the moon , In dim eclipse , disastrous
twilight sheds On half the nations , and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs .
... sees , Or dreams he sees , while overhead the Moon Sits arbitress , and nearer
to the earth Wheels her pale course : they , on their mirth and dance Intent , with
jocund music charm his ear : At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds .
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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