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His pamphlets had made him equally guilty in their eyes ; and since 1652 he had
been totally blind . He had , despite the warnings of his physicians , deliberately
given his eyesight for Eng . lish liberty . Truly he had “ fallen on evil days ” ; but ...
His blindness does not seem to have affected the appearance of his eyes , at
least in the early days of his blindness . ( See second sonnet to Cyriack Skinner .
For lines on his blindness , see sonnet On His Blindness , and the opening lines
Round he throws his baleful eyes , That witnessed huge affliction and dismay ,
Mixed with obdurate pride and steadfast hate . At once , as far as angel's ken , '
he views The dismal situation waste and wild : 60 A dungeon horrible , on all
200 Thus Satan , talking to his nearest mate , With head uplift above the wave ,
and eyes That sparkling blazed ; his other parts besides , Prone on the flood ,
extended long and large , Lay floating many a rood ; in bulk as huge As whom
... with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded : the love tale Infected Sion's
daughters with like heat , Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch Ezekielo
saw , when , by the vision led , His eye surveyed the dark idolatries Of alienated
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LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - 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. Читать весь отзыв
LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - 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 ... Читать весь отзыв