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  • Published: 9 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780451531834
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $13.99

Paradise Lost and Other Poems



PARADISE LOSTSAMSON AGONISTESLYCISDAS

These three masterworks placed the great seventeenth-century English poet Milton beside Shakespeare, Dante, Homer, and Virgil in the pantheon of world literature.  A monumental achievement, Paradise Lost is the epic poem about the magnificent Lucifer, whose failed rebellion against Heaven's tyranny casts him into the darkness of Hell and leads to man's fall from grace.  Samson Agonistes, the greatest English drama modelled on the Greek classics, depicts blinded, once-mighty Samson regaining his strength as God's champion and delivering his people-while destroying himself and his captors.  And 'Lycidas' is an immortal elegy on lost hopes and the nature of fate.  Written in a grand style of superb power, these works display a majesty of language, a sublime wealth of detail, and the unmistakable genius of one of literature's greatest minds.

With an Introduction by Edwrd M. Cifelli, Ph.D., and a New Afterword by Regina Marler Annotated by Edward Le Comte

  • Published: 9 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780451531834
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $13.99

About the author

John Milton

John Milton was born on 9 December 1608. He studied at St Paul's School and then at Christ's College, Cambridge. He wrote poetry in Latin and Italian as well as English and travelled in Italy between 1638 and 1639. He married Mary Powell in 1642 but their relationship quickly broke down and they lived apart until 1645. They had four children, three daughters and a son who died in infancy. During the Interregnum after the execution of Charles I, Milton worked for the civil service and wrote pamphlets in support of the new republic. He also began work on his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, as early as 1642. His first wife died in 1652 and he married again in 1656, although his second wife died not long afterwards in 1658. When the monarchy was restored in 1660 Milton was arrested but was released with a fine. In 1663 he married his third wife, Elizabeth Minshull and he is also thought to have finished Paradise Lost in this same year. He published the companion poem, Paradise Regained, in 1671.John Milton died on 8 November 1674.

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