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If he reads on through the unfolding of the never-ending but finally defeated waylaying of good by evil in human history as Michael unfolds it to Adam in a quiet dialogue in the last two books of the poem, he will miss the clash of ...
Out of that evil good comes immediately in the creation of the universe and of man, who is intended to sire a race which—as Raphael explains to Adam—can ultimately achieve a virtually angelic nature and live at will on earth or in ...
The late Norman Douglas was fond of insisting (in Old Calabria and elsewhere) that Milton's main source was the Adamo caduto (Adam's Fall) of Serafino della Salandra, which was published in 1647 and may not have been known to Milton.
Here the Chorus bewails Adam's fall. Adam then and Eve return and accuse one another; but especially Adam lays the blame to his wife—is stubborn in his offence. Justice appears, reasons with him, convinces him.
Her words can hardly be an accidental parallel to Adam's protestation to Eve at the moment of decision in Eden: So forcibly within my heart I feel The bond of Nature draw me to my own; My own in thee; for what thou art is mine. 12.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jsburbidge - LibraryThing
This is pretty well the standard edition of Milton, with a critically established text, a reasonable level of apparatus for non-expert readers, and a critical mass of Milton's work extending beyond his major works to everything that anyone who is not a specialist is likely to need. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - selfcallednowhere - LibraryThing
Ok, so I didn't read this whole thing, obviously. But I did read "Paradise Lost" and that's the important thing, right? And I actually ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected to. The language ... Read full review