John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, a scholarly man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth (republic) of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.
Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica, (written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship) is among history's most influential and impassioned defenses of free ... more »
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- On His Blindness
- How Soon Hath Time
- Paradise Lost: Book 01
- At a Solemn Music
- Il Penseroso
- On Shakespear
- Hymn on the Morning of Christ's Nativity
- Another On The Same
- An Epitaph on the Admirable Dramatic Poe...
- Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint
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Thus Satan talking to his neerest Mate
With Head up-lift above the wave, and Eyes
That sparkling blaz'd, his other Parts besides
Prone on the Flood, extended long and large
John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Paradise Lost (l. Bk. I, l. 192-201). . . The Complete Poetry of John Milton. John T. Shawcross, ed. (1963,...
''None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.''John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649)....
Thus roving onJohn Milton (1608-1674), British oet. Paradise Lost (l. Bk. II, l. 614-628). OBS. The Complete Poetry of John Milton. John T. Shawcross, ed. (1963...
In confus'd march forlorn, th' adventrous Bands,
With shuddring horror pale, and eyes agast
View'd first thir lamentable lot, and found
No rest: through many...
''No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.''John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649)....
So having said, a while he stood, expectingJohn Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Paradise Lost, bk. 10, l. 504-9 (1667).
Their universal shout and high applause
To fill his ear; when contrary, he hears,
On all sides, from innumerable tongues
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