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Milton's Sonnets

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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduct...more
Library Binding, 68 pages
Published by Folcroft Library Editions (first published January 1st 1976)
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Apr 23, 2010 §-- rated it 5 of 5 stars
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You've got to love Milton. While these 24 sonnets are not as enjoyable to the modern reader as, say, Shakespeare's, two of them are among my favorite poems.

Sonnet 23 is the only poem that makes my eyes water each time I read it (and I've read it dozens of times):

Methought I saw my late espoused Saint
Brought to me like Alcestis from the grave,
Whom Joves great son to her glad Husband gave,
Rescu'd from death by force though pale and faint.
Mine as whom washt from spot of child-bed taint, [ 5 :]
Luka Račić
They may not reach the poetic abode of Shakespeare's sonnets, or even the heights of the Paradise lost, but these charming Tasso-reminiscent opusculae dwell in the world of its own value and in my opinion are among the finest examples of the English Baroque sonnets. One should not forget that different feeling, perhaps one of piety is their spiritus movens.
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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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“When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: "God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o'er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.”
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