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Milton's Comus

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published January 1st 1888)
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May 08, 2010 §-- rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
Part fairy tale, part bedtime story, part morality play, all awesome. It's hard to believe Milton was something like 26 when he wrote this masterful little play, these fluid speeches sounding like something out of Shakespeare (dead 20 years or so by this time).

This might sound weird, but I recommend this as something to read to your kids. If I had kids I'd read this to them--it's about chastity and it's got some amazing poetry in it. Milton's popularity, unfortunately, has suffered lately due t
Nov 04, 2016 Cici rated it really liked it
This is a lovely poem composed with a classic Christian theme of chastity against A few best lines come early as:
"He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day;
But he that has hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself is his own dungeon"

Comus's persuasive exhortation of hedonism should ring true for our own age's live-at-the-moment avidity for luxurious pleasure. Comus' justification is that one can only do so in o
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Sep 18, 2016 Les Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! On a nostalgia trip reading books that I haven't read since school. I an see why our teacher made us treat this like a play, with boys being given parts and reading it from the book. This saved the need to read the "first brother" "second brother" etc. In the text. Middle English should be compulsory I our schools.
Jan 23, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
This is when John Milton emerged not just as the greatest English poet of his time, but of all time. His lyricism is truly astounding but perhaps even more so his ability to formulate such an interesting villain. It might be done a tad better with Lucifer in Paradise Lost, but Comus is quite the character nonetheless.
Jan 31, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing
Good lord. I don't have words to describe how beautiful and perfect this masque is. The focus on chastity and Capital "V" Virtue was something I thought would be off-putting, but I fell in love with the language of both Comus and the Lady. Plus the focus on the ocean as a source of purity, as opposed to this labyrinth of a forest, was interesting.
Sep 26, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Young Milton (only 26, I think) packs so much into this short masque - his early Platonism, his desire to portray virtue as a woman tempted, the persuasive act as something magical. In its brevity, this is perhaps the most affective of Miltons' great works.
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This classic poem by Milton explores the virtues of chastity and honesty. Set against a highly mythical and Olympian background, this somewhat religious piece of poetry is rather beautiful and enchanting. I also recommend anything by Milton, however this poem is my favorite.
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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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“Mortals that would follow me,
Love virtue, she alone is free,
She can teach ye how to climb
Higher than the sphery chime;
Or if virtue feeble were,
Heaven itself would stoop to her.”
“How charming is divine Philosophy!
Not harsh, and crabbed as dull fools suppose,
But musical as is Apollo's lute,
And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets,
Where no crude surfet raigns.”
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