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5.0 out of 5 stars Furiously Dark Poetry, 6 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Paradise Lost (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
Only a fool could fault this masterpiece of the English language. From its outset and conception Milton leads us on a dark and mythical journey into the swirling depths of Christian religion. Ground breaking, controversial and challenging to the reader the descriptive artistic visions at work here are unparalleled by any other poetic work. His immense knowledge of religion and mythology weave together with a full set of intense dominating character personas and a brooding lurid dreamscape. Powerful emotion is stirred up within the reader and every macabre twist and turn without relent.
The opening scene in particular paints a blood curdling portrait of sublime spiritual malevolence. The descriptive vision of Lucifer's army of fallen angels rising back to life up out of the burning lava in the torrid depths of a roaring, bleak Hell instantly seizes hold of your imagination. Onwards through the war in Heaven, the creation of the world and the devious corruption of mankind the seething blackened narrative serve only to hold the reader in absolute awe.
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