John Milton - Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0140424415
ISBN-13: 9780140424416
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

An authoritative new edition of Miltons essential verse John Milton, who abandoned early plans of becoming a clergyman to become a poet, was a master of almost every type of versefrom the classical to the religious, from the lyric to the epic. His writing reflected his radical views and his profound understanding of politics and power. This collection includes such early works as the devotional On the Morning of Christs Nativity, Comus, and the pastoral elegy Lycidas.

John Milton, English scholar and classical poet, is one of the major figures of Western literature. He was born in 1608 into a prosperous London family. By the age of 17, he was proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Milton attended Cambridge University, earning a B.A. and an M.A. before secluding himself for five years to read, write and study on his own. It is believed that Milton read evertything that had been published in Latin, Greek, and English. He was considered one of the most educated men of his time. Milton also had a reputation as a radical. After his own wife left him early in their marriage, Milton published an unpopular treatise supporting divorce in the case of incompatibility. Milton was also a vocal supporter of Oliver Cromwell and worked for him. Milton's first work, Lycidas, an elegy on the death of a classmate, was published in 1632, and he had numerous works published in the ensuing years, including Pastoral and Areopagitica. His Christian epic poem, Paradise Lost, which traced humanity's fall from divine grace, appeared in 1667, assuring his place as one of the finest non-dramatic poet of the Renaissance Age. Milton went blind at the age of 43 from the incredible strain he placed on his eyes. Amazingly, Paradise Lost and his other major works, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, were composed after the lost of his sight. These major works were painstakingly and slowly dictated to secretaries. John Milton died in 1674.

from Poems 1645
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
On Time
At a Solemn Music
Song, On May Morning
On Shakespeare, 1630
On the University Carrier
L'Allegro
Il Penseroso
Sonnet I ('O nightingale')
Sonnet VII ('How soon hath Time')
Sonnet VIII When the Assault was Intended to the City
Sonnet IX ('Lady that in the prime')
Sonnet X ('Daughter to that good Earl')
Lycidas
A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle ['Comus']
from English Poems Added in 1673
Sonnet XI On the Detraction Which Followed Upon My Writing Certain Treatises
Sonnet XII On the Same
Sonnet XIII To Mr. H. Lawes, on his Airs
Sonnet XIV On the religious memory of Mrs. Catharine Thomason
Sonnet XV On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
Sonnet XVI ('When I consider how my light is spent')
Sonnet XVII ('Lawrence of virtuous father')
Sonnet XVIII ('Cyriack, whose grandsire')
Sonnet XIX ('Methought I saw my late espoused saint')
On the New Forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament
Uncollected English Sonnets
On the Lord General Fairfax at the Siege of Colchester
To the Lord General Cromwell, May 1652
To Sir Henry Vane the Younger
To Mr. Cyriack Skinner upon his Blindness
from Paradise Lost: Book I
from Paradise Lost: Book II
from Paradise Lost: Book IV
from Paradise Lost: Book IX
from Paradise Regained
from The First Book
from The Second Book
from The Third Book
The Fourth Book
Samson Agonistes

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