Last Updated on May 9, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 143
Context: The person referred to in this quotation is the architect who designed Pandemonium, the high capital of Satan in Hell. Critics and scholars disagree as to his identity; Milton does not identify him. The poet does say that the same spirit had designed many a fine edifice in Heaven before the rebel angels were thrust into Hell. He is known as a pagan deity, says Milton, by the name of Mulciber, a secondary epithet of Vulcan, and he is mentioned by Homer in the first book of the Iliad. The lines of this quotation describe the length of time the architect fell, according to a Greek myth, from on high to the island of Lemnos when he angered the chief deity:
. . . thrown by angry Jove
Sheer o'er the crystal battlements; from morn
To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve,
A summer's day. . . .
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