Samson Agonistes and Shorter Poems

ISBN-10: 0882950584
ISBN-13: 9780882950587
Edition: 1950
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Description: This volume contains the principal English poems of Milton's youth and early manhood, most of the sonnets written during the Puritan Revolution, when he was chiefly engaged in arguing public questions in prose, and Samson Agonistes, published three  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 1950
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/1950
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

This volume contains the principal English poems of Milton's youth and early manhood, most of the sonnets written during the Puritan Revolution, when he was chiefly engaged in arguing public questions in prose, and Samson Agonistes, published three years before his death. Includes "Comus," "Lycidas," "L'Allegro," "Il Penseroso," "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," and other shorter poems. With an introduction by Editor A. E. Baker, this edition also contains a list of principal dates in the life of Milton and a selected bibliography.

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.

Introduction
Principal Dates in Milton’s Life
On the Morning of Christs Nativity
On the Shakespear
L’Allegro
Il Penseroso
Song: On May Morning
At a Solemn Musick
Lycidas
Sonnets
“O Nightingale, that on yon bloomy Spray”
“How soon hath Time the suttle theef of youth”
On the Detraction which Follow’d upon my Writing Certain Treatises
On the Lord Gen. Fairfax at the Siege of Colchester
To the Lord Generall Cromwell, May, 1652
To Sir Henry Vane the Younger
On the Late Massacher in Piemont
“When I consider how my light is spent”
“Lawrence of Vertuous Father Vertuous Son”
To Mr. Cyriack Skinner upon His Blindness
“Methought I saw my late espoused Saint”
On the New Forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament
Comus, A Mask
Samson Agonistes
Selected Bibliography

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