The Complete Poems (Paperback)

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By John Milton, John Leonard (Editor), John Leonard (Preface by)
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"I may assert Eternal Providence
And justify the ways of God to men"
John Milton was a master of almost every type of verse, from the classical to the religious and from the lyrical to the epic. His early poems include the devotional 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity', 'Comus', a masque, and the pastoral elegy 'Lycidas'. After Cromwell's death and the dashing of Milton's political hopes, he began composing"Paradise Lost," which reflects his profound understanding of politics and power. Written when Milton was at the height of his abilities, this great masterpiece fuses the Christian with the classical in its description of the fall of Man. In"Samson Agonistes," Milton's last work, the poet draws a parallel with his own life in the hero's struggle to renew his faith in God.
In this edition of the"Complete Poems," John Leonard draws attention to words coined by Milton and those that have changed their meaning since his time. He also provides full notes to elucidate Biblical, classical and historical allusions and has modernized spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
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About the Author


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.

John Milton (1608a1674) is the author of "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained," which he wrote later in life while completely blind.
John Leonard, a professor of English at the University of Western Ontario, edited Miltonas "Complete Poems" for Penguin Classics.

John Milton (1608a1674) is the author of "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained," which he wrote later in life while completely blind.
John Leonard, a professor of English at the University of Western Ontario, edited Miltonas "Complete Poems" for Penguin Classics.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140433630
ISBN-10: 0140433635
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 1999
Pages: 864
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics