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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
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Published May 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics
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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
...more
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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.

Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and
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“Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph that liv'st unseen
Within thy airy shell
By slow Meander's margent green,
And in the violet-imbroider'd vale
Where the love-lorn nightingale
Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well:
Canst thou not tell me of a gentle pair
That likest thy Narcissus are?”
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