The Complete Poems

Paperback | November 28, 1998

byJohn MiltonEditorJohn Leonard

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"I may assert Eternal Providence
And justify the ways of God to men"

John Milton was a master of almost every type of verse, from the classical to the religious and from the lyrical to the epic. His early poems include the devotional 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity', 'Comus', a masque, and the pastoral elegy 'Lycidas'. After Cromwell's death and the dashing of Milton's political hopes, he began composing Paradise Lost, which reflects his profound understanding of politics and power. Written when Milton was at the height of his abilities, this great masterpiece fuses the Christian with the classical in its description of the fall of Man. In Samson Agonistes, Milton's last work, the poet draws a parallel with his own life in the hero's struggle to renew his faith in God.

In this edition of the Complete Poems, John Leonard draws attention to words coined by Milton and those that have changed their meaning since his time. He also provides full notes to elucidate Biblical, classical and historical allusions and has modernized spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

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There is no better place to start a study of English poetry than The Complete Poems of John Milton. Editor John Leonard has collected verse from every period of the great poet’s life, modernizes spelling and punctuation while remaining faithful to Milton’s tone and spirit. He also provides the reader with additional notes detailing the...

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"I may assert Eternal ProvidenceAnd justify the ways of God to men"John Milton was a master of almost every type of verse, from the classical to the religious and from the lyrical to the epic. His early poems include the devotional 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity', 'Comus', a masque, and the pastoral elegy 'Lycidas'. After Cromwel...

John Milton was born in London on December 9, 1608, and studied at the University of Cambridge. He originally planned to become a clergyman, but abandoned those ambitions to become a poet. Political in his writings, he served a government post during the time of the Commonwealth. In 1651, he went completely blind but he continued to wr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:864 pages, 7.77 × 5.1 × 1.8 inPublished:November 28, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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There is no better place to start a study of English poetry than The Complete Poems of John Milton. Editor John Leonard has collected verse from every period of the great poet’s life, modernizes spelling and punctuation while remaining faithful to Milton’s tone and spirit. He also provides the reader with additional notes detailing the Biblical, classical, and historical imagery Milton alludes to in the text.