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Milton   By: (1813-1884)

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Milton by Mark Pattison is a comprehensive and insightful biography of one of the most influential English poets and political thinkers of all time, John Milton. The book excels in its meticulous research, attention to detail, and the author's deep understanding of Milton's life and work.

Pattison takes readers on a captivating journey through Milton's early life, his religious and political beliefs, and his literary achievements. Starting with Milton's formative years at Cambridge University, the author explores the poet's intellectual development and the religious influences that shaped his worldview. It is evident that Pattison has undertaken extensive research, as he seamlessly weaves together historical facts, personal correspondence, and literary analysis to paint a vivid and accurate portrait of Milton's life.

What sets this biography apart is Pattison's exploration of Milton's political activism and his involvement in the turbulent political climate of 17th-century England. From his staunch support for the Commonwealth and his involvement in the English Civil War to his controversial works defending regicide, the author deftly navigates the complex political landscape and provides valuable insights into Milton's motivations and beliefs.

One of the strengths of Pattison's writing is his ability to analyze Milton's literary works in relation to his personal life and political circumstances. Through in-depth discussions of epic poems like "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained," the author delves into the themes of rebellion, freedom, and divine justice that permeate Milton's writings. By examining the historical context in which these works were written, Pattison enhances our understanding of their significance and relevance today.

However, one potential drawback of this biography is its dense and scholarly tone, which may deter casual readers seeking a more accessible exploration of Milton's life. While the book's depth of analysis and attention to detail are commendable, it can occasionally become overwhelming, requiring readers to have prior knowledge or a strong interest in Milton's life and works.

Despite this, Milton by Mark Pattison remains an essential read for anyone interested in delving into the life of John Milton. Pattison's thorough research, combined with his insightful analysis of Milton's works and his exploration of the poet's political and religious beliefs, make this biography a valuable contribution to the study of Milton's life and his enduring influence on literature and politics.

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MILTON

by

MARK PATTISON, B.D.

RECTOR OF LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD

CONTENTS.

FIRST PERIOD. 1608 1639.

CHAPTER I. FAMILY SCHOOL COLLEGE

CHAPTER II. RESIDENCE AT HORTON L'ALLEGRO IL PENSEROSO AUCADES COMUS LYCIDAS

CHAPTER III. JOURNEY TO ITALY

SECOND PERIOD. 1640 1660.

CHAPTER IV. EDUCATIONAL THEORY TEACHING

CHAPTER V. MARRIAGE AND PAMPHLET ON DIVORCE

CHAPTER VI. PAMPHLETS

CHAPTER VII. BIOGRAPHICAL. 1640 1649

CHAPTER VIII THE LATIN SECRETARYSHIP

CHAPTER IX. MILTON AND MORUS BLINDNESS

CHAPTER X. MILTON AND MOSES THE SECOND DEFENSE THE DEFENSE FOR HIMSELF

CHAPTER XI. LATIN SECRETARYSHIP COMES TO AN END MILTON'S FRIENDS

THIRD PERIOD. 1660 1674

CHAPTER XII. BIOGRAPHICAL LITERARY OCCUPATION RELIGIOUS OPINIONS

CHAPTER XIII.PARADISE LOST PARADISE REGAINED SAMSON AGONISTES

INDEX

MILTON.

FIRST PERIOD . 1608 1639.

CHAPTER I.

FAMILY SCHOOL COLLEGE.

In the seventeenth century it was not the custom to publish two volumes upon every man or woman whose name had appeared on a title page. Nor, where lives of authors were written, were they written with the redundancy of particulars which is now allowed. Especially are the lives of the poets and dramatists obscure and meagrely recorded... Continue reading book >>




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