Acrostics

Scipio the highth of Rome. With tract oblique [ 510 ]

At first, as one who sought access, but feard

To interrupt, side-long he works his way.

As when a Ship by skilful Stearsman wrought

Nigh Rivers mouth or Foreland, where the Wind

After doing some research for my presentation on Thursday I found an article discussing acrostics and that they are basically a secret message in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Beginning at line 510 in Milton’s Paradise Lost that is where the first acrostic occurs with the following lines spelling Satan, which is describing Satan disguised as a surpent that went up to Eve to make her taste the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Apparently from reading the same article Virgil did this in the Aeneid and it was not very uncommon to see this in this style poetry. The most interesting part is that of all the crazy things that Milton incorporates in his works that critics have torn apart to get down to the meaning, but some how this was overlooked for some time before a college student found it.

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