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Complete Poems, The : Penguin Classics - John Milton

Complete Poems, The

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 30th July 1998
ISBN: 9780140433630
Number Of Pages: 1024
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In the course of his forty-year career John Milton evolved from a prodigy to a blind prophet, from a philosophical aesthete to a Puritan rebel, and from a Latinist poet who proclaimed the triumph of reason to an epic poet obsessed with the intractability of sin. A master of almost every verse style -- from the pastoral, devotional, and tenderly lyrical to the supreme grandeur of his great epic, Paradise Lost, and his biblical "Greek tragedy, " Samson Agonistes -- Milton left a body of work unrivaled in literary history. Although he wrote Comus and "Lycidas" shortly after leaving Cambridge University, Milton devoted much of his adult life -- and even sacrificed his eyesight -- to defending the cause of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth. Milton's later poetry, produced after Charles II's restoration led to the defeat of the Commonwealth, contains not only personally achieved theological insights but also a deep firsthand understanding of politics and power.

This edition presents Milton's complete English, Latin, and Greek poems, modernizing spelling, capitalization, and any punctuation likely to cause confusion. Fully annotated with glosses on the poems' biblical, classical, and historical allusions, this is the best place to start for readers wanting to come to grips with this giant in English literature.

Prefacep. xi
Table of Datesp. xxii
Further Readingp. xxv
Poems 1645
On the Morning of Christ's Nativityp. 1
A Paraphrase on Psalm 114p. 9
Psalm 136p. 10
The Passionp. 12
On Timep. 14
Upon the Circumcisionp. 15
At a Solemn Musicp. 16
An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchesterp. 17
Song. On May Morningp. 19
On Shakespeare. 1630p. 19
On the University Carrierp. 20
Another on the Samep. 20
L'Allegrop. 21
Il Penserosop. 25
Sonnet I ('O nightingale')p. 30
Sonnet II ('Donna leggiadra')p. 31
Sonnet III ('Qual in colle aspro')p. 31
Canzonep. 32
Sonnet IV ('Diodati, e te'l diro')p. 33
Sonnet V ('Per certo')p. 34
Sonnet VI ('Giovane piano')p. 35
Sonnet VII ('How soon hath Time')p. 35
Sonnet VIII ('Captain or colonel')p. 36
Sonnet IX ('Lady that in the prime')p. 36
Sonnet X ('Daughter to that good Earl')p. 37
Arcadesp. 38
Lycidasp. 41
A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle ['Comus']p. 46
English Poems Added in 1673
On the Death of a Fair Infantp. 76
At a Vacation Exercisep. 79
Sonnet XI ('A book was writ of late')p. 82
Sonnet XII On the same ('I did but prompt the age')p. 82
Sonnet XIII To Mr H. Lawes, on his Airsp. 83
Sonnet XIV ('When Faith and Love')p. 83
Sonnet XV On the Late Massacre in Piedmontp. 84
Sonnet XVI ('When I consider how my light is spent')p. 84
Sonnet XVII ('Lawrence of virtuous father')p. 85
Sonnet XVIII ('Cyriack, whose grandsire')p. 85
Sonnet XIX ('Methought I saw my late espoused saint')p. 86
The Fifth Ode of Horacep. 86
On the New Forcers of Consciencep. 87
Psalm Paraphrases Added in 1673
Psalms I-VIIIp. 88
Uncollected English Poems
On the Lord General Fairfaxp. 113
To the Lord General Cromwellp. 113
To Sir Henry Vane the Youngerp. 114
To Mr Cyriack Skinner upon his Blindnessp. 114
'Fix Here'p. 115
Translations from the Prose works
'Ah Constantine, of how much ill'p. 116
'Founded in chaste and humble poverty'p. 116
'Then passed he to a flow'ry mountain green'p. 116
'When I die'p. 116
'Laughing to teach the truth'p. 117
'Jesting decides great things'p. 117
''Tis you that say it, not I'p. 117
'This is true liberty, when freeborn men'p. 117
'Whom do we count a good man'p. 117
'There can be slain'p. 118
'Goddess of shades, and huntress'p. 118
'Brutus far to the west'p. 118
'Low in a mead of kine'p. 118
Paradise Lost
Paradise Regained
Samson Agonistesp. 463
The Latin and Greek Poems
Elegiarum Liber
Elegia I Ad Carolum Diodatump. 512
Elegia II In Obitum Praeconis Academici Cantabrigiensisp. 517
Elegia III In Obitum Praesulis Wintoniensisp. 518
Elegia IV Ad Thomam Iuniump. 522
Elegia V In adventum verisp. 528
Elegia VI Ad Carolum Diodatum, ruri commorantemp. 535
Elegia VII Anno aetatis undevigesimop. 540
'Haec ego mente'p. 543
In Proditionem Bombardicamp. 546
In eandemp. 546
In eandemp. 547
In eandemp. 548
In Inventorem Bombardaep. 548
Ad Leonoram Romae canentemp. 548
Ad eandemp. 549
Ad eandemp. 550
Silvarum Liber
In Obitum Procancellarii Medicip. 551
In Quintum Novembrisp. 553
In Obitum Praesulis Eliensisp. 564
Naturam non pati seniump. 567
De Idea Platonica quemadmodum Aristoteles intellexitp. 571
Ad Patremp. 573
Greek Verses
Psalm CXIVp. 579
Philosophus ad Regemp. 580
Ad Salsillump. 580
Mansusp. 583
Epitaphium Damonisp. 588
Greek and Latin Poems Added in 1673
Apologus de Rustico et Herop. 601
In Effigiei eius Sculptoremp. 602
Ad Ioannem Rousiump. 602
Latin Poems from the Prose Works
Epigram from Pro Populo Anglicano Defensiop. 608
Epigram from Defensio Secundap. 608
Unpublished Latin Poems
Carmina Elegiacap. 610
[Asclepiads]p. 611
Notesp. 613
Index of Titlesp. 976
Index of First Linesp. 979
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ISBN: 9780140433630
ISBN-10: 0140433635
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1024
Published: 30th July 1998
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1

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