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The Last of the half Grant Kohler John Bunyan was not the first to write a significant work on the metaphorical journey of life The story of a man traveling through familiar alien territory while meeting strange people and places has transcended all ages of literature Homers Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus return from the Trojan War Dantes Comedy is the journey thought the 3 realms of the afterlife Spensers Faerie Queen exhibit the human virtues while traveling through forests castles and meeting dragons However The Pilgrims Progress is indeed a progression form these works until this point these allegories had been written as poems Bunyan writes in prose possibly because he was not schooled in letters but in metalworking and wasnt trained to shape his words the way previous writers had In fact Bunyans style is very unique While undertaking a similar task that John Milton faced that is to make the basis of the Bible more identifiable for the reader Bunyan interlopes quotation from the Bible into his prose Its almost as if Bunyan had written a research paper and the Bible was his data From Vanity Fair One chanced mockingly beholding the carriages of men to say unto them What will ye buy But they looking gravely upon him said We buy the truthProverbs xxiii 23 Previous writers like Milton would have simply made something up and used Latin based words to name their creations Yet he retains an element of poetic song in the Pilgrims progress Beginning with his second Canto the Slough of Despond he begins each with what he saw Now I saw then I saw So I saw This technique allows his prose to have a feel of continuity akin to poetry without the burden of upholding a specific format for the whole piece The
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