Southern Methodist Review Volume 7, No. 1

Southern Methodist Review Volume 7, No. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...and rebellious council--with a power far transcending that of Dante in his "Inferno;" but he rises in his imperial flight from the Stygian Pool; he ascends to heaven, shows us the awful presence of the Almighty Father, his skirts "dark with excessive bright;" thrones above all height; angels and archangels, tier above tier, or summoned from all the ends of heaven under their hierarchs advancing in orders bright, while ten thousand thousand standards stream in the air, or making the eternal arches ring with jubilee and loud hosannas as they celebrate the day when the Son of God drove his flaming chariot-wheels which shook the everlasting frame of heaven over the necks of warring and disarrayed angels. He describes Paradise in its primal beauty--an extended, blissful abode, watered by rivers, abounding with noblest trees and fruits and flowers and mantling vines, bright lakes, umbrageous grottoes and caves, sweet sheltered valleys, and birds of bright plumage, and gentle, playful animals. It was the most daring of human attempts to sit down to write such a poem as "Paradise Lost." There was great danger of creating personages who should either rise so far above the level of humanity as to be beyond the reach of our sympathy, or who should partake so largely of human infirmities as to sink them into commonplace beings and dwarf the grand proportions in which they should appear. Milton, in his conception, not only escapes these dangers, but his creations are so perfectly adapted to their surroundings that we can scarcely persuade ourselves that his great poem is in any sense a fiction. His angels, as they are seen in heaven or visiting the earth, are felt to be glorious heings, fit inhabitants of celestial realms; and...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236533577
  • 9781236533579