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Samson Agonistes by John Milton
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Lower than Bond-Slave! Promise was that I
Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver!
Ask for this great Deliverer now, and find him
Eyeless in Gaza, at the mill with slaves


Milton really had a gift for taking stories you've heard a
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When I Lay My Isaac Down by Carol J. Kent
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The prose here isn't particularly great and the book is also very definitely a didactic book, but I will say that Kent is able to really take you inside her intense emotional experience in a compelling way. She's very raw and open about her emotional ...more
The Carrier of Ladders by W.S. Merwin
" He starts moving in the direction of minimalism in The Moving Target, I would say, to mixed results. The Moving Target isn't a very unified work, so i ...more "
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All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
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Avoids every pitfall of the memoir genre and tells a profoundly emotional story around a complex and thought-provoking issue. Great, great book.
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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
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Some decent character work here and the main character is fun to hang out with for a while. We really need a 2.5 star rating here as this one kind of really begs for an "average" rating.
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Paradise Regained by John Milton
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Conventional wisdom seems correct to me on this one as it's nowhere near as great as Paradise Lost. But this sequel is short (only four books to PL's twelve) and it's definitely interesting to read in conjunction with Paradise Lost.
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Paradise Lost by John Milton
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Sometimes I approach the "classics" with trepidation because I worry they won't live up to the hype. Not a problem here. This poem is visceral, gripping, beautiful and compelling from start to finish. John Leonard provides a TON of notes to help with ...more
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On the Morning of Christ's Nativity by John Milton
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This poem really establishes Milton as a poet on track to do something amazing. And really it's not even so much the talent on display here as it is just the sheer ambition of it. For a twenty-one year old to take on something as hackneyed as a poem ...more
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Lycidas by John Milton
Lycidas
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Both a poignant expression of grief and a philosophical exploration of the nature of true faith; Milton always had more than one thing going on.
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Il Penseroso by John Milton
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I think this one is more than marginally better than L'Allegro, Milton's companion poem; that probably just reveals something about my primary emotional makeup.
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