The Poetical Works Of John Milton

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  • ISBN-13: 9780559527982
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 11/14/2008
  • Pages: 636
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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luTiinTiiliiluiiirillSll'illllllllllllllll1l INTRODUCTIONS TO THE ENGLISH POEMS. Paraphrases On Psalms CXIV. And CXXXVI. These were done, as the author himself takes care to tell us, "at fifteen years old"—i.e. in 1624. They are, in fact, the only specimens now extant of Milton's muse before he went to Cambridge. They are the relics, doubtless, of a little collection of boyish performances, now lost, with which he amused himself, and perhaps pleased his father and his teachers, when he lived in his father's house in Bread Street, Cheapside, and attended the neighbouring school of St. Paul's. They prove him to have been even then a careful reader of contemporary English poetry, and, in particular, of Spenser, and of Sylvester's quaint and old-fashioned, but richly poetical, translation of the Divine Weehes and Workes of the French religious poet Du Bartas. This book, which had been published in 1605 by Humphrey Lownes, a well- known printer of Bread Street Hill, close to Milton's father's house, was as popular in England as the original was on the Continent. It went through several editions while Sylvester lived, and almost every pious English household of literary tastes possessed a copy. On The Death Of A Fair Infant Dying Of A Cough. Over this poem Milton has himself placed the words "Anno alatis 17," implying that it was written in his 17th year. Now, as Milton entered his seventeenth year on the gth of December 1624, and ended it on the pth of Decem- ber 1625, this would place the poem between those dates. But, when Milton placed Arabic figures after the phrase anno osteitis in those headings of his poems, it was his habit to give himself the benefit of a year byunderstanding the figures as noting cardinal and not ordinal numbers. "Anno atatis 17 " meant, ...
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Table of Contents

Biographical Sketch iii
Preface xxi
Paradise Lost
I. Earliest Editions of the Poem 1
II. Origin of the Poem and History of its Composition 9
III. Scheme and Meaning of the Poem 18
Author's Preface on "The Verse" 35
Commendatory Verses, prefixed to the Second Edition 37
Text of the Poem
Book I.43
Book II.61
Book III.84
Book IV.101
Book V.124
Book VI.144
Book VII.164
Book VIII.179
Book IX.194
Book X.220
Book XI.245
Book XII.265
Paradise Regained
Introduction 281
Text of the Poem
Book I.291
Book II.303
Book III.314
Book IV.324
Samson Agonistes
Introduction 339
The Author's Preface: "Of that sort of Dramatic Poem called Tragedy" 349
The Argument and the Persons 351
Text of the Poem 353
Minor Poems
General Introduction 393
Introductions to the Poems Severally
Part I. Introductions to the English Poems 397
Part II. Introductions to the Latin Poems 445
Moseley's Preface to the Edition of 1645 470
Text of the Poems
Part I. The English Poems
Paraphrases on Psalms CXIV. and CXXXVI. 471
On the Death of a Fair Infant dying of a Cough 474
At a Vacation Exercise in the College 476
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity 479
Upon the Circumcision 486
The Passion 487
On Time 489
At a Solemn Music 490
Song on May Morning 490
On Shakespeare 491
On the University Carrier 491
Another on the Same 492
An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester 492
L'Allegro 494
Il Penseroso 497
Arcades 502
Comus; a Masque presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634 505
Lawes's Dedication of the Edition of 1637 505
Sir Henry Wotton's Commendatory Letter of 1638 505
The Persons 507
Text of the Masque 508
Lycidas 532
Sonnets and Kindred Pieces
Sonnet I. To the Nightingale 537
Sonnet II. On his having arrived at the Age of Twenty-three 537
Sonnet III. Donna leggiadra, &c. 538
Sonnet IV. Qual in colle aspro, &c. 538
Canzone 538
Sonnet V. Diodati (e te 'l diro, &c.) 539
Sonnet VI. Per certo, &c. 539
Sonnet VII. Giovane, piano, &c. 539
Sonnet VIII. When the Assault was intended to the City 540
Sonnet IX. To a Lady 540
Sonnet X. To the Lady Margaret Ley 541
Sonnet XI. On the Detraction which followed upon my writing certain Treatises 541
Sonnet XII. On the Same 541
On the New Forcers of Conscience 542
Sonnet XIII. To Mr. H. Lawes on His Airs 542
Sonnet XIV. On the Religious Memory of Mrs. Catherine Thomson 543
Sonnet XV. On the Lord General Fairfax 543
Sonnet XVI. To the Lord General Cromwell 544
Sonnet XVII. To Sir Henry Vane the Younger 544
Sonnet XVIII. On the late Massacre in Piedmont 544
Sonnet XIX. On His Blindness 545
Sonnet XX. To Mr. Lawrence 545
Sonnet XXI. To Cyriack Skinner 546
Sonnet XXII. To the Same 546
Sonnet XXIII. To the Memory of his Second Wife 546
The Fifth Ode of Horace, L:b.I. 548
Nine of the Psalms done into Metre, 1648
Psalm LXXX.549
Psalm LXXXI.551
Psalm LXXXII.552
Psalm LXXXIII.553
Psalm LXXXIV.555
Psalm LXXXV.556
Psalm LXXXVI.557
Psalm LXXXVII.558
Psalm LXXXVIII.559
Eight of the Psalms done into Verse, 1653
Psalm I.561
Psalm II.561
Psalm III.562
Psalm IV.563
Psalm V.564
Psalm VI.565
Psalm VII.565
Psalm VIII.567
Scraps from the Prose Writings 568
Part II. The Latin Poems
De Auctore Testimonia 571
Elegiarum Liber
Elegia I. Ad Carolum Diodatum 575
Elegia II. In obitum Praeconis Academici Cantabrigiensis 577
Elegia III. In obitum Praesulis Wintoniensis 577
Elegia IV. Ad Thomam Junium, Praeceptorem suum 579
Elegia V. In Adventum Veris 582
Elegia VI. Ad Carolum Diodatum, ruri commorantem 585
Elegia VII. Anno aetatis undevigesimo 587
In Proditionem Bombardicam 590
In Eandem 590
In Eandem 590
In Eandem 591
In Inventorum Bombardae 591
Ad Leonoram Romae Canentem 591
Ad Eandem 591
Ad Eandem 592
Apologus de Rustico et Hero 592
De Moro 592
Ad Christinam, Suecorum Reginam, nomine Cromwelli 592
Sylvarum Liber
In obitum Procancellarii Medici 593
In Quintum Novembris 594
In obitum Praesulis Eliensis 599
Naturam non pati Senium 600
De Idea Platonica quemadmodum Aristoteles intellexit 602
Ad Patrem 603
Greek Verses
Psalm CXIV 606
Philosophus ad Regem quendam 606
In Effigiei ejus Sculptorem 606
Ad Salsillum, Poetam Romanum, aegrotantem 607
Mansus 608
Epitaphium Damonis 610
Ad Joannem Rousium, Oxoniensis Academiae Bibliothecarium 615
In Salmasii Hundredam 618
In Salmasium 618
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