The Complete Poems

Milton devoted much of his adult life 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 understanding of politics and power In this edition of Milton s poetry, John Leonard has modernized spelling, capitalization and any punctuation likely to cause confusion He calls pMilton devoted much of his adult life 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 understanding of politics and power In this edition of Milton s poetry, John Leonard has modernized spelling, capitalization and any punctuation likely to cause confusion He calls particular attention to words invented by Milton and 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.
The Complete Poems Milton devoted much of his adult life 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 understan

  • Title: The Complete Poems
  • Author: John Milton JohnLeonard
  • ISBN: 9780140433630
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. PrefaceTable of DatesFurther ReadingPoems 1645--On the Morning of Christ's Nativity--A Paraphrase on Psalm 114--Psalm 136--The Passion--On Time--Upon the Circumcision--At a Solemn Music--An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester--Song. On May Morning--On Shakespeare. 1630--On the University Carrier--Another on the Same--L'Allegro--Il Penseroso--Sonnet I ('O nightingale')--Sonnet II ('Donna leggiadra')--Sonnet III ('Qual in colle aspro')--Canzone--Sonnet IV ('Diodati, e te'l dirò')--Sonnet V ( [...]

    2. originally @ literating.wordpress/2011/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 beliefThat 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 letters, where m [...]

    3. My third time through Paradise Lost, first time through Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Comus, etc. All appropriately staggering in their complexity and (newly apparent to me) their tenderness. I had read a smattering of the smaller poems before - a few sonnets and the poem on time. I mentioned to Jim Nance that I was taking a class on Milton and he proceeded to recite part of On the Morning of Christ's Nativity without moving from his chair, which was a surprise and a treat.Maybe I'm readi [...]

    4. 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 Defat would be a class!

    5. Last summer one of the academic members of Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Wendy Weise PhD, offered a class on the topics of the Garden of Eden, sex, and lost innocence. Her material included several excerpts from Milton’s Paradise Lost. I was intrigued and decided to use Milton’s poetry to fill one of the squares in the Books on the Nightstand summer Bingo card, the square set aside for a selection from the Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books. I had never read Milton’s poetry, although I [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. Beautiful prose, but not really my cup of tea. Paradise Lost is moderately interesting as a period piece. And while I understand that Milton was trying to present a pre-fall picture of innocence and was a creature of his times, I had a hard time not ridiculing the stilted "nobility" of Milton's Adam and his offensively submissive Eve.

    8. 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.

    9. Well it took me 8 months, but i finally made it through. There is definitely some worthwhile reading in here. I particularly liked Comus and Samson Agonistes. Paradise Lost was a bear to get through. It was interesting and so very different from my LDS view of the fall. Overall i'm glad i read this book. I read the version in volume 4 of the Harvard Classics.

    10. 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.

    11. Milton's poetry is just okay. He's neither inventing a new form like Shakespeare, nor starting a new school of poetry like Donne; and I personally find his commitment to the religious aspect makes many of his sonnets repetitive.

    12. It saddens me to say I am not a huge fan of Paradise Lost. After abandoning it after the first book in 10th grade, I knew I needed to read it because of how significant it is to British literature. But now that it's done, I don't quite feel like he explained, "the ways of God to men". However, his, "On Time" is probably one of the finest poems written in the English language. It has haunted me ever since I read it years back. Perhaps Paradise Lost needs a second reading, but I won't deny that Mi [...]

    13. 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!

    14. It took me six years but I finished! Woot doggies. Turns out that Jesus was the good guy all along. I mean, I saw that coming.

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