John Milton (1608-1674) was a peerless classical scholar, a radical nonconformist deeply involved in the great events of his time, and one of the most original and enduring poets the world has ever known. His work ranges from the majestic grandeur of Paradise Lost, an epic poem in which he virtually reinvented the English language, to sonnets that are startlingly modern in their confessionalism and immediacy. In him, the prophetic and humanist strains of the Western mind fuse in uncanny ways to create poetry that is at once massive and delicate, at once strange and utterly familiar.
The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Milton contains selections from Milton's work, including sonnets, occasional poems, portions of Comus, Samson Agonistes, as well as Books I--XII of Paradise Lost.
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