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Amy Sexton 11/13/08 English 215 Response #4 Stanza Assignment Lines (917-927) Book 2 In lines 917-927 of Paradise Lost , Milton describes Satan’s journey through Hell’s gates. He enters the “wild abyss” in line 917. “Abyss” is described by the OED as “A bottomless gulf; any unfathomable or apparently unfathomable cavity or void space; a profound gulf, chasm, or void extending beneath.” Interestingly enough, Milton uses this word to prove the void Satan falls into after he enters the gates of Hell. Milton specifically uses this grammatical function to stress the vastness and darkness of Hell. Milton also mentions Satan as a “wary Fiend”. Here, Milton uses “wary” as an adverb, again using grammatical function, to stress Satan’s caution upon entering Hell. “Wary”, according to the OED, means “caution, habitually on one's guard against danger, deception, or mistake; circumspect” and “fiend” obviously referring to the ‘arch-enemy of mankind’ (i.e. Satan or the devil). “Stood on the brink of Hell and looked a while,/ Pondering his voyage: for no narrow frith/ He had to cross.” Milton specifically stresses
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course ENGLISH 215 taught by Professor Reames during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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