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The Complete Poems

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Although he wrote Comus and 'Lycidas' shortly after leaving Cambridge, Milton devoted much of his adult life - and even sacrificed his eyesight - to defending the cause of Cromwell's Commonwealth. His later poetry, produced after Charles II's Restoration led to the defeat of his hopes, reflects his deep first-hand understanding of politics and power. In this Penguin English Poets edition, John Leonard has modernized spelling, capitalization and any punctuation likely to cause confusion. He calls particular ...
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Overview

Although he wrote Comus and 'Lycidas' shortly after leaving Cambridge, Milton devoted much of his adult life - and even sacrificed his eyesight - to defending the cause of Cromwell's Commonwealth. His later poetry, produced after Charles II's Restoration led to the defeat of his hopes, reflects his deep first-hand understanding of politics and power. In this Penguin English Poets edition, John Leonard has modernized spelling, capitalization and any punctuation likely to cause confusion. He calls particular attention to words invented by Milton and those which have changed their meaning since his time. And he provides full notes to elucidate Biblical, classical and historical allusions, many of which complicate or even conflict with the plain sense or moral implications of the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140433630
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 338,604
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 1.83 (d)

Meet the Author

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 write, finishing Paradise Lost in 1667, and Paradise Regained in 1671. He died in 1674.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Table of Dates
Further Reading
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity 1
A Paraphrase on Psalm 114 9
Psalm 136 10
The Passion 12
On Time 14
Upon the Circumcision 15
At a Solemn Music 16
An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester 17
Song. On May Morning 19
On Shakespeare, 1630 19
On the University Carrier 20
Another on the Same 20
L'Allegro 21
Il Penseroso 25
Sonnet I ('O nightingale') 30
Sonnet II ('Donna leggiadra') 31
Sonnet III ('Qual in colle aspro') 31
Canzone 32
Sonnet IV ('Diodati, e te'l diro') 33
Sonnet V ('Per certo') 34
Sonnet VI ('Giovane piano') 35
Sonnet VII ('How soon hath Time') 35
Sonnet VIII ('Captain or colonel') 36
Sonnet IX ('Lady that in the prime') 36
Sonnet X ('Daughter to that good Earl') 37
Arcades 38
Lycidas 41
A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle ['Comus'] 46
On the Death of a Fair Infant 76
At a Vacation Exercise 79
Sonnet XI ('A book was writ of late') 82
Sonnet XII On the same ('I did but prompt the age') 82
Sonnet XIII To Mr. H. Lawes, on his Airs 83
Sonnet XIV ('When Faith and Love') 83
Sonnet XV On the Late Massacre in Piedmont 84
Sonnet XVI ('When I consider how my light is spent') 84
Sonnet XVII ('Lawrence of virtuous father') 85
Sonnet XVIII ('Cyriack, whose grandsire') 85
Sonnet XIX ('Methought I saw my late espoused saint') 86
The Fifth Ode of Horace 86
On the New Forcers of Conscience 87
Psalms I-VIII 88
Psalms LXXX-LXXXVIII 97
On the Lord General Fairfax 113
To the Lord General Cromwell 113
To Sir Henry Vane the Younger 114
To Mr. Mr Cyriack Skinner upon his Blindness 114
'Fix Here' 115
'Ah Constantine, of how much ill' 116
'Founded in chaste and humble poverty' 116
'Then passed he to a flow'ry mountain green' 116
'When I die' 116
'Laughing to teach the truth' 117
'Jesting decides great things' 117
''Tis you that say it, not I' 117
'This is true liberty, when freeborn men' 117
'Whom do we count a good man' 117
'There can be slain' 118
'Goddess of shades, and huntress' 118
'Brutus far to the west' 118
'Low in a mead of kine' 118
Paradise Lost 120
Paradise Regained 407
Samson Agonistes 463
Elegia I Ad Carolum Diodatum 512
Elegia II In Obitum Pracconis Academici Cantabrigiensis 517
Elegia III In Obitum Praesulis Wintoniensis 518
Elegia IV Ad Thomam Iunium 522
Elegia V In adventurn veris 528
Elegia VI Ad Carolum Diodatum, ruri commorantem 535
Elegia VII Anno actatis undevigesimo 540
'Haec ego mente' 543
In Proditionem Bombardicam 546
In candem 546
In candem 547
In candem 548
In Inventorem Bombardae 548
Ad Leonorum Romae canentem 548
Ad candem 549
Ad candem 550
In Obitum Procancellarii Medici 551
In Quintum Novembris 553
In Obitum Presults Eliensis 564
Naturam non pau senium 567
De Idea Platonics quemadmodum Aristoteles intellexit 571
Ad Patrem 573
Greek Verse: Psalm CXIV 579
Greek Verse: Philosophus ad Regem 580
Ad Salsillum 580
Mansus 583
Epitaphium Damonis 588
Apologus de Rustico et Hero 601
In Effigiei eius Sculptorem 602
Ad Ioannem Rousium 602
Epigram from Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio 608
Epigram from Defensio Secunda 608
Carmina Elegiaca 610
[Asclepiads] 611
Notes 613
Index of Titles 976
Index of First Lines 979
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