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What is it about the human imagination that allows one to conceptualize the deepest darkest hell yet makes it difficult to envision heaven Even Milton had his problems with the descriptions of God and heaven in Paradise Lost as opposed to the relative ease he had with Satan and hell William Blake said The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels God and at liberty when of Devils Hell is because he is a true Poet and of the Devils party without knowing it The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1790 Why exactly were the descriptions of God and heaven limited and how are the same fetters not applicable when Milton was dealing with Satan and hell and why does this appeal to the reader moreFrom the beginning Satan and hell have the advantage when being described verbally In a Judeo-Christian viewpoint evil lends itself much more readily to physical description than its counterpart because of its inherent association with the material world On the other end of the spectrum it is challenging to describe God or heaven with any degree of detail without referring to the corporeal world and in doing so committing impiety Milton could not give or even allude to the dimensions of God or heaven without being accused of blasphemy As a result God and heaven becomes intangible or is described in vague metaphors of light and goodness It is much easier to describe Satan with his spear that was equal to the tallest Pine Hewn on Norwegian Hills or his shield that Hung on his shoulders like the Moon Book I line 287 than to describe a God of infinitely larger proportions Likewise it is much less cumbersome to raise Pandaemonium in our imaginations with its Doric pillars overlaid With Golden Architrave Book I line 714-15 than to describe heaven Therefore the descriptions of God or heaven are sparse in comparison to the heavy description
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