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John Milton (1608-74) has a strong claim to be considered the greatest English poet after Skakespeare. His early poems, collected and published in 1645, include the much loved pair L'Allegro and Il Penseroso ('the cheerful man and the thoughtful man'), Lycidas (his great elegy on a fellow poet) and Comus (the one masque which is still read today).
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Published 1994 by Wordsworth Editions Ltd (first published 1673)
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Lance Schaubert
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John Milton in VOLUME FOUR of the Harvard classics feels like semi-automatic catharsis. One of his poems, an early composition on the passion of Christ Milton quit halfway, hid this gem:

Befriend me, Night, best Patroness of grief!
Over the pole thy thickest mantle throw,
And work my flattered fancy to belief
That Heaven and Earth are coloured with my woe;
My sorrows are too dark for day to know:
The leaves should all be black whereon I write,
And le...more
I had not read Milton for years and when I did, it was required reading. After re-reading Paradise Lost--and Regained--I ordered Blake's Milton from the Folio Society in England. Ouch, 90 or so pounds, but what a treat! Yes, I've decided that our educational system may have gone a bit astray in the late 60's when dead white European males fell out of favor. Now, before going off to write my American Studies phD thesis on "The Secret Life of TV Pundits" I plan to spend some time again out of Para...more
Some dreadfully bookish stuff mixed in with some truly breathtaking and inimitable poetry that I could read a dozen more times and gain something new with each reading. Not for the faint of heart, but the guy was blind, wrote fifty meanings into every line and completely changed the face of the Christian religion (which most modern Christians don't even realize). Maybe he's worth a read.
kind of read. i realized i found paradise lost too long the first time around. there are about 150 pages of miscellaneous collected poems i also didn't read. but i read paradise regained for the first time, and that was pretty interesting (and much shorter.) i didn't know that it focuses mainly on the temptation of christ, and that's it!
Don Stanton
Mind broadening, juxtaposition and unparalleled delving into the minds and thoughts of, what we often gloss over, Lucifer and God, concerning heaven and hell, war , struggle, sacrifice, eternal loss and redemption.
I'm in the midst of this as a part of my Milton class. I'm learning the depths of allusion and Biblical mysticsm. And the poetic tradition of brag-adociousness. Milton to Mos Def...that would be a class!
Sep 24, 2008 Joanna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joanna by: Princeton Review
OH my God. So painful.

I do enjoy his earlier poetry, but Paradise Lost just made my eyes glaze over.
Not a Milton fan, although I would concede that a well-rounded reader should try this.
... Farewell happy fields,
Where joy forever dwells: hail, horrors!
I have only read poems On His Blindness and Lycidas.
Greg Olear

They also serve who only stand and waite.
Kat Stark
English major. Classics. ‘nough said.
How can you not give 5 stars to Milton?
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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...more
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“What needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones,
The labor of an age in pilèd stones,
Or that his hallowed relics should be hid
Under a star-y-pointing pyramid?
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?”
“And so sepúlchred in such pomp dost lie,
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.”
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