John Milton

(9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674 / London, England)

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John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, a scholarly man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth (republic) 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.

Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica, (written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship) is among history's most influential and impassioned defenses of free ... more »

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  • Thus Satan talking to his neerest Mate
    With Head up-lift above the wave, and Eyes
    That sparkling blaz'd, his other Parts besides
    Prone on the Flood, extended long and large
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Paradise Lost (l. Bk. I, l. 192-201). . . The Complete Poetry of John Milton. John T. Shawcross, ed. (1963,...
  • ''None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649)....
  • Thus roving on
    In confus'd march forlorn, th' adventrous Bands,
    With shuddring horror pale, and eyes agast
    View'd first thir lamentable lot, and found
    No rest: through many...
    John Milton (1608-1674), British oet. Paradise Lost (l. Bk. II, l. 614-628). OBS. The Complete Poetry of John Milton. John T. Shawcross, ed. (1963...
  • ''No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649)....
  • So having said, a while he stood, expecting
    Their universal shout and high applause
    To fill his ear; when contrary, he hears,
    On all sides, from innumerable tongues
    A disma...
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Paradise Lost, bk. 10, l. 504-9 (1667).
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  • Nandkishor Dadhich (1/5/2012 4:55:00 AM)

    Milton it's my glee, I see thee through thy poems. Love thee it's my glee.

  • Kiyaga Lyttle Cephas (Kay) (10/15/2011 7:09:00 AM)

    Good writing and poetry.

  • p.a. noushad (7/14/2008 3:43:00 AM)

    unique is your writing style, god, angels, satan all are characters in your poems.I love your poems.

  • Rose Noir (9/4/2006 1:20:00 AM)

    'Did I request thee Maker from my clay to mould me man?
    Did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me? '

    -Adam's words after the fall quoted from Paradise Lost. I first read them years ago in the intro to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and they have remained with me ever since.

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