The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton

The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton

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John Milton is, next to William Shakespeare, the most influential English poet, a writer whose work spans an incredible breadth of forms and subject matter. The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton celebrates this authora€™s genius in a thoughtfully assembled book that provides new modern-spelling versions of Miltona€™s texts, expert commentary, and a wealth of other features that will please even the most dedicated students of Miltona€™s canon. Edited by a trio of esteemed scholars, this volume is the definitive Milton for our time. In these pages you will find all of Miltona€™s verse, from masterpieces such as Paradise Losta€“widely viewed as the finest epic poem in the English languagea€“to shorter works such as the Nativity Ode, Lycidas, , A Masque and Samson Agonistes. Miltona€™s non-English language sonnets, verses, and elegies are accompanied by fresh translations by Gordon Braden. Among the newly edited and authoritatively annotated prose selections are letters, pamphlets, political tracts, essays such as Of Education and Areopagitica, and a generous portion of his heretical Christian Doctrine. These works reveal Miltona€™s passionate advocacy of controversial positions during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth and Restoration periods. With his deep learning and the sensual immediacy of his language, Milton creates for us a unique bridge to the cultures of classical antiquity and medieval and Renaissance Christianity. With this in mind, the editors give careful attention to preserving the vibrant energy of Miltona€™s verse and prose, while making the relatively unfamiliar aspects of his writing accessible to modern readers. Notes identify the old meanings and roots of English words, illuminate historical contextsa€“including classical and biblical allusionsa€“and offer concise accounts of the authora€™s philosophical and political assumptions. This edition is a consummate work of modern literary scholarship.... that great Or bright infers not excellence: the Earth Though, in comparison of heava#39;n, so small, Nor glistering, may of solid ... But this I urge, 115 I20 to 4| I30 1;; Admitting motion in the ... That . . . spiritual: The corporeal planets are almost as swift as spirimal angels, which is a sign ofGoda#39;s omnipotence in molding matter. in.

Title:The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton
Author: John Milton
Publisher:Modern Library - 2009-10-28

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