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Milton devoted much of his adult life to defending the cause of Cromwell's Commonwealth. His later poetry, produced after Charles II's Restoration led to the defeat of his hopes, reflects his understanding of politics and power. In this edition of Milton's poetry, John Leonard has modernized spelling, capitalization and any punctuation likely to cause confusion. He calls p ...more
Paperback, 864 pages
Published July 30th 1998 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1909)
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Edward
Jul 31, 2015 Edward rated it it was amazing
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Preface
Table of Dates
Further Reading


Poems 1645

--On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
--A Paraphrase on Psalm 114
--Psalm 136
--The Passion
--On Time
--Upon the Circumcision
--At a Solemn Music
--An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester
--Song. On May Morning
--On Shakespeare. 1630
--On the University Carrier
--Another on the Same
--L'Allegro
--Il Penseroso
--Sonnet I ('O nightingale')
--Sonnet II ('Donna leggiadra')
--Sonnet III ('Qual in colle aspro')
--Canzone
--Sonnet IV ('Diodati, e te'l dirò')
--Sonnet V
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Peter J.
Mar 19, 2014 Peter J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I find that I am thankful I read this book of Milton's poetry like a child is thankful he ate his vegetables, knowing it ultimately benefited me, but loathing the act.

I did not enjoy this book. While it gave an interesting review of and apology for the Christian faith, I found it profoundly boring. I believe this is because I was aware of the hundreds of pages of raw conjecture drawn from a dozen or so pages of sacred writ.

Also, as I went on, I became increasingly aware of a misogynistic unde
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David Redden
Beautiful prose, but not really my cup of tea. Paradise Lost is moderately interesting as a period piece. And while I understand that Milton was trying to present a pre-fall picture of innocence and was a creature of his times, I had a hard time not ridiculing the stilted "nobility" of Milton's Adam and his offensively submissive Eve.
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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.

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