The Poetical Works

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018 - Poetry - 280 pages
Back to back to William Shakespeare, John Milton is one of the most influential English poets, He writes with an amazing span of forms and themes. The Poetical Works celebrates Milton's genius in a very delicately compose book that brings verses from masterpieces such as Paradise Lost -mosly is known for being the most admirable epic poem in the English language- to shorter works as the Lyceidas and Samson Agonistes. John Milton was a skillfull at almost every type of verse, from the lyrical to the epic and from classical to the religious. With his deep culture and the sensual immediacy of his expression, Milton creates for us an uncommon bridge to the experience of classical antiquity, medieval and Renaissance Christianity.

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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 everything 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.

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