Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton

ISBN-10: 0679642536

ISBN-13: 9780679642534

Edition: 2007

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Description: John Milton is, next to William Shakespeare, the most influential English poet, a writer whose work spans an incredible breadth of forms and subject matter. "The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton "celebrates this author's genius in a thoughtfully assembled book that provides new modern-spelling versions of Milton's texts, expert commentary, and a wealth of other features that will please even the most dedicated students of Milton's canon. Edited by a trio of esteemed scholars, this volume is the definitive Milton for our time. In these pages you will find all of Milton's verse, from masterpieces such as Paradise Lost-widely viewed as the finest epic poem in the English language-to shorter works such as the "Nativity Ode, Lycidas, A Masque," and "Samson Agonistes," Milton's non-English language sonnets, verses, and elegies are accompanied by fresh translations by Gordon Braden. Among the newly edited and authoritatively annotated prose selections are letters, pamphlets, political tracts, essays such as "Of Education" and "Areopagitica," and a generous portion of his heretical "Christian Doctrine," These works reveal Milton's passionate advocacy of controversial positions during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth and Restoration periods. With his deep learning and the sensual immediacy of his language, Milton creates for us a unique bridge to the cultures of classical antiquity and medieval and Renaissance Christianity. With this in mind, the editors give careful attention to preserving the vibrant energy of Milton's verse and prose, while making the relatively unfamiliar aspects of his writing accessible to modern readers. Notes identify the old meaningsand roots of English words, illuminate historical contexts-including classical and biblical allusions-and offer concise accounts of the author's philosophical and political assumptions. This edition is a consummate work of modern literary scholarship.

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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/13/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1408
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 2.75" tall
Weight: 4.048
Language: English

William Kerrigan is Arthur G. and Eloise Barnes Cole Distinguished Professor of American History at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

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.

A Chronology of Milton's Life
Minutes of the Life of Mr. John Milton
A Chronology of Milton's Poetry
English Poems
Psalm 114
Psalm 136
On the Death of a Fair Infant Dying of a Cough
At a Vacation Exercise
Song: On May Morning
The Fifth Ode of Horace, Lib. I
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
The Passion
On Shakespeare
On the University Carrier
Another on the Same
An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester
L'Allegro
II Penseroso
Arcades
At a Solemn Music
On Time
Upon the Circumcision
A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634 [Comus]
Lycidas
Psalms 80-88
Psalms 1-8
Translations from the Prose Works
English and Italian Sonnets
Sonnets 1-23
On the New Forcers of Conscience Under the Long Parliament
Latin and Greek Poems
Elegiac Verses
"Get up, go, get up, it's time now"
Kings should not oversleep
The Fable of the Peasant and the Lord
A Philosopher to a King
Book of Elegies
Elegy 1. To Charles Diodati
Elegy 2. On the Death of the Beadle of Cambridge University
Elegy 3. On the Death of the Bishop of Winchester
Elegy 4. To Thomas Young, his tutor, at present performing the office of chaplain among the English merchants living in Hamburg
Elegy 5. On the Arrival of Spring
Elegy 6. To Charles Diodati, staying in the country
Elegy 7
A postscript to his elegies
On the Gunpowder Plot
On the same
On the same
On the same
On the Inventor of Gunpowder
To Leonora singing in Rome
To the same
To the same
Book of Miscellaneous Poems
On the Death of the Vice-Chancellor, a Physician
On the Fifth of November
On the Death of the Bishop of Ely
That Nature does not suffer from old age
Of the Platonic Idea as understood by Aristotle
To His Father
Psalm 114
To Salzilli, the Roman poet, being ill. Scazons
Manso
Epitaph for Damon
On the Engraver of His Portrait
To John Rouse, Librarian of Oxford University
Epigram from A Defense of the English People
Epigrams from A Second Defense
Late Masterpieces
Introduction to Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
Introduction to Paradise Regained
Paradise Regained
Introduction to Samson Agonistes
Samson Agonistes
Prose Works
Familiar Letters
Diodati Greets Milton Cheerfully
Diodati Greets Milton
To Alexander Gill
Letter to a Friend
To Charles Diodati
To the Same
Sir Henry Wotton to Milton
To Lukas Holste in the Vatican at Rome
To Leonard Philaras
To the Most Distinguished Mr. Henry de Brass
Prolusions
Prolusion 1
Prolusion 7
Controversial Prose
Selections from Of Reformation
A Selection from The Reason of Chunk Government Urged gainst Prelaty, The Second Book
A Selection from An Apology for Smectymnuus
Selections from The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce
Areopagitica
Of Education
Selections from Tetrachordon
Selections from The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates
Selections from Eikonoklastes
Selections from Second Defense of the English People
The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth
Selections from Christian Doctrine
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