a jangling noise of words unknown

That’s Book 12, l. 55. I didn’t find myself gripped by much else in this last book.  After all the excitement of Book 10 and previous, Book 11 began a trend towards the ho-hum and Book 12 defnitely consolidated it.

(No more Lucifer, of course, which probably explains it.)

So that’s it for boring endless posts with great chunks of Paradise Lost.

Thank you for your patience.

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2 thoughts on “a jangling noise of words unknown

  1. Rob says:

    Not boring at all, of course!

    But yes, books 11 and especially 12 are a bit ho-hum. I agree. Lack of tension rather than simply lack of Lucifer perhaps. There is some good poetry, but the poem didn’t really need the trek through the entire Bible, in what seemed to me quite a formulaic theology. It dragged on too long. The last few lines are really good though.

  2. Look forward to your take on 11 and 12, and will take another look at the last lines (am blanking right now — I had a really hard time finishing it up.)

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