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Snapchats from Paradise Lost

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I think we can all agree that John Milton needed to do less. The man wrote an entire epic poem in blank verse, and he did it while blind. Who does that? What was he trying to prove? (For comparisons’ sake, one time I stubbed my toe and then I didn’t leave the house for three days.)

Now, I’m not saying you should SKIP reading Paradise Lost in favor of this slideshow. Milton spent something like five YEARS penning this masterpiece with the help of various friends and amanuenses; the least we could all do is read it. But if you don’t have the time (and who could blame you?), here’s the “do less” version.