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"The Portable Milton" is an authoritative grand tour through the imagination of this prodigal genius. In the course of his forty-year career, John Milton evolved from a prodigy to a blind prophet, from a philosophical aesthete to a Puritan rebel, and from a poet who proclaimed the triumph of reason to one obsessed with the intractability of sin. Throughout these ...more
Paperback, 693 pages
Published August 26th 1976 by Penguin Books (first published 1949)
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Dayla
I finished Milton on my birthday. I read Paradise Lost (where Satan is a cool villain) and we learn the hierarchy of "angels." Seraphim, then Cherubs, etc)

I also read "On the Coming of Spring," "On May Morning," "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," "Lycidas," "On Shakespeare," "L'Allegro," "Arcades," and other early poems.

But my favorite one is "Of Education." I guess Milton's friend had asked for a list of subjects for young people to study, and here, reorganized in list form, are Milton's s
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Dec 03, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
Paradise Lost is amazing and epic, despite pushing an obnoxious and misogynist worldview.
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I'd read many "shorter" pieces by Milton - Samson Agonistes, Lycidas, etc. - but never ventured into Paradise Lost and i have to say, those other pieces really only very remotely give you an idea of the coolness of Paradise Lost. It's a fascinating piece of work - the geographies Milton creates, the characters he brings to life (yeah, Satan's the most interesting, and yeah some of the others seem a bit doltish), the language, all of it. really remarkable.

and then when you overlay his lifestory -
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Aug 21, 2007 Erica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy panning for gold in a poem
I debated adding Milton to the list because this book is not in any way an easy read but for some reason, I have a girl-chubby for Paradise Lost and anyone that's willing to take this on, should. It deals with many complex religious themes such as fate and the oh-so-important free will. Even more shocking, Satan is portrayed in a sympathetic light with Satan being as charismatic as modern politicians with such rah-rah phrases such as ""Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven". Have a guide ...more
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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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