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The Complete Poetry

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The first complete annotated edition of Milton's poetry available in a one-volume paperback. The text is established from original sources, with collations of all known manuscripts, chronology and verbal variants recorded. Works in Latin, Greek and Italian are included with new literal translations.
Paperback, 672 pages
Published August 6th 1971 by Anchor (first published 1673)
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John Milton in VOLUME FOUR of the Harvard classics feels like semi-automatic catharsis. One of his poems, an early composition on the passion of Christ Milton quit halfway, hid this gem:

Befriend me, Night, best Patroness of grief!
Over the pole thy thickest mantle throw,
And work my flattered fancy to belief
That Heaven and Earth are coloured with my woe;
My sorrows are too dark for day to know:
The leaves should all be black whereon I write,
And le
Jun 29, 2015 Parasu marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I like the poem so I recall the olden days of human life because I wants to that type of life because the entire world is totally changed . When we want to change them become we will take over dangerous life. I feel my self I miss likeable a golden days he is man of Heaven and he make a great history. when he married he start write in paradise lost because he lost his a lonely feel so he loss everything is life . Then he got the divorce from his wife so when he write paradise regain
Alex Kartelias
It saddens me to say I am not a huge fan of Paradise Lost. After abandoning it after the first book in 10th grade, I knew I needed to read it because of how significant it is to British literature. But now that it's done, I don't quite feel like he explained, "the ways of God to men". However, his, "On Time" is probably one of the finest poems written in the English language. It has haunted me ever since I read it years back. Perhaps Paradise Lost needs a second reading, but I won't deny that Mi ...more
I had not read Milton for years and when I did, it was required reading. After re-reading Paradise Lost--and Regained--I ordered Blake's Milton from the Folio Society in England. Ouch, 90 or so pounds, but what a treat! Yes, I've decided that our educational system may have gone a bit astray in the late 60's when dead white European males fell out of favor. Now, before going off to write my American Studies phD thesis on "The Secret Life of TV Pundits" I plan to spend some time again out of Para ...more
Norman Howe
Some dreadfully bookish stuff mixed in with some truly breathtaking and inimitable poetry that I could read a dozen more times and gain something new with each reading. Not for the faint of heart, but the guy was blind, wrote fifty meanings into every line and completely changed the face of the Christian religion (which most modern Christians don't even realize). Maybe he's worth a read.
Well it took me 8 months, but i finally made it through. There is definitely some worthwhile reading in here. I particularly liked Comus and Samson Agonistes. Paradise Lost was a bear to get through. It was interesting and so very different from my LDS view of the fall. Overall i'm glad i read this book. I read the version in volume 4 of the Harvard Classics.
kind of read. i realized i found paradise lost too long the first time around. there are about 150 pages of miscellaneous collected poems i also didn't read. but i read paradise regained for the first time, and that was pretty interesting (and much shorter.) i didn't know that it focuses mainly on the temptation of christ, and that's it!
Don Stanton
Mind broadening, juxtaposition and unparalleled delving into the minds and thoughts of, what we often gloss over, Lucifer and God, concerning heaven and hell, war , struggle, sacrifice, eternal loss and redemption.
I'm in the midst of this as a part of my Milton class. I'm learning the depths of allusion and Biblical mysticsm. And the poetic tradition of brag-adociousness. Milton to Mos Def...that would be a class!
Sep 24, 2008 Joanna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joanna by: Princeton Review
OH my God. So painful.

I do enjoy his earlier poetry, but Paradise Lost just made my eyes glaze over.
Not a Milton fan, although I would concede that a well-rounded reader should try this.
... Farewell happy fields,
Where joy forever dwells: hail, horrors!
I have only read poems On His Blindness and Lycidas.
Greg Olear

They also serve who only stand and waite.
How can you not give 5 stars to Milton?
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John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) 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
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“What needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones,
The labor of an age in pilèd stones,
Or that his hallowed relics should be hid
Under a star-y-pointing pyramid?
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?”
“And so sepúlchred in such pomp dost lie,
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.”
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