Beast now with beast gan war
Milton, Paradise Lost, Book X, 710
Jaws snap around the unsuspecting prey
And blood mars the unstained teeth
While claws rend, and hide is torn,
Sting meets claw, tusk batters horn,
Poison drips as webs are spun,
And so nature’s eternal war is begun.
As Death and Sin reach Eden, they twist the animals so that they start to fight – it’s quite a dramatic point (though by far not the most dramatic in the work).
The Hapless Neo-Romantic