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Book Title: The Complete English Poems|
The author of the book: John Milton
ISBN 13: 9781857150971
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 510 KB
Date of issue: October 29th 1992
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So this book has all of Milton's poetry annotated and compiled into one volume, but I'm mostly interested in Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, both of which I read as an undergrad and was astonished to discover I loved. Studying literature and Bible side by side opened my eyes to how many of our ideas and images from the Bible do not originate in the scriptures, but in the pages of classical literature, specifically the works of Dante and Milton. Virtually every stereotypical image of angels and demons we conjure in our minds and on paper, canvas, etc. comes directly from Paradise Lost. That Milton could conjure up such vivid imagery as a man who was completely blind and dictated the lines of his epic poems to a scribe is beyond me, but there it is. Don't be intimidated...Paradise lost and Paradise Regained are not just some of the greatest epic poetry of all time, they're both exciting and fascinating stories to be savored and enjoyed.
Read information about the authorJohn Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth 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 (1667), written in blank verse.
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, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica (1644)—written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship—is among history's most influential and impassioned defenses of free speech and freedom of the press.
William Hayley's 1796 biography called him the "greatest English author," and he remains generally regarded "as one of the preeminent writers in the English language," though critical reception has oscillated in the centuries since his death (often on account of his republicanism). Samuel Johnson praised Paradise Lost as "a poem which...with respect to design may claim the first place, and with respect to performance, the second, among the productions of the human mind," though he (a Tory and recipient of royal patronage) described Milton's politics as those of an "acrimonious and surly republican".
Because of his republicanism, Milton has been the subject of centuries of British partisanship.
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