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Always there

Whether it is cloudy or cloudless, the Moon is always up there. Her beauty and brightness are unique and it has inspired hundreds of writers, poets, singers, philosophers, scientists and the like throughout the centuries. More importantly, lovers have always found in the Moon a perfect source of inspiration to describe what they feel deep inside their hearts. The Moon is our only natural satellite and it is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun. There is, however, a "pale" [786] aspect in this bright and beautiful satellite: its synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face. Even though scientists say that it is 384 400 km away from the Earth, it looks as if the Moon was just a few km away from us. That is why, perhaps, Milton the poet described her as a satellite situated very closed to us or "neerer to the Earth" [785]. A satellite whose movement is compared to that of a wheel that performs as an "arbitress" [785]. In this contex…

The hiss of russling wings

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Paradise Lost is full of direct and indirect references to a wide variety of animals. For example, at the end of chapter I, Milton compares the great multitude of Satan´s troops with the bees. In describing Satan´s forces, Milton uses expressions such as "industrious crew" (751), "winged Haralds" (752), "Band and squared Regiment" (758). These terms can easily apply to bees too. For Milton, Satan´s winged followers are so many that they look like "bees in spring time, when the Sun with Taurus rides, pour forth their populous youth about the hive" (768-770) who "expatiate and confer their State affairs" (774-775).
Certainly, bees can live and work on their own or can be part of a well organized community. However, if there is a feature that has caught my attention while reading about them is the speed of their wings. Some researchers say that the honebee can flap its wings more that 200 times per second. Besides, they use what experts ca…

Behemoth and translation

Behemoth has always been a misterious word to me. It appears in the Bible and in PL as well. One of the occassions where the word can be found in the Bible is in the book of Job 40:15. There, it says: "Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox." When I read the word for the first time in the biblical context, I did not pay much attention to it. I simply regarded it as a grass-eater animal, probably "like an ox".

However, while I was reading the Spanish version of PL VII:471, behemoth had been translated intoelephant. Besides, there was an explanatory footnote stating that the word in question may have also applied to the hippo. This explanation caught my attention and decided to compare what other Bible versions say about it. This is what I have found out:

1. The New International Version´s footnote says:"Possibly the hippopotamus or the elephant."
2. The New American Standard Bible´s footnote says: "Or the…

Inherently evil

Starting wih this entry, I will be posting ideas, comments or just simply a few words about whatever has attracted my attention after reading Paradise Lost (PL). The first time, I read it because I had to. However, this time I have read it for sheer pleasure. I will try to post my ideas according to the order that appear in PL, just to make it easier to me and to whoever (if any) is out there reading this blog. If you wish to read PL online, you can find it here. It is hard to believe that Rousseau was fully right when he said that man is naturally good, good by nature, but society corrupts. I do not know whether he was right or wrong. I suppose he meant that we are all good at first, but then our environment, the society we live in and other elements corrupt us and make us bad people, evil. I have the feeling that Rousseau´s views on men were too good to be true, and somehow, a perfect way to blame others, to blame outside elements so that men can get away freely. When I watch TV or r…