9780140433630

The Complete Poems

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    9780140433630

  • ISBN10:

    0140433635

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-05-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Table of Dates
xxii
Further Reading xxv
POEMS 1645
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
1(8)
A Paraphrase on Psalm 114
9(1)
Psalm 136
10(2)
The Passion
12(2)
On Time
14(1)
Upon the Circumcision
15(1)
At a Solemn Music
16(1)
An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester
17(2)
Song. On May Morning
19(1)
On Shakespeare. 1630
19(1)
On the University Carrier
20(1)
Another on the Same
20(1)
L'Allegro
21(4)
Il Penseroso
25(5)
Sonnet I (`O nightingale')
30(1)
Sonnet II (`Donna leggiadra')
31(1)
Sonnet III (`Qual in colle aspro')
31(1)
Canzone
32(1)
Sonnet IV (`Diodati, e te'l diro')
33(1)
Sonnet V (`Per certo')
34(1)
Sonnet VI (`Giovane piano')
35(1)
Sonnet VII (`How soon hath Time')
35(1)
Sonnet VIII (`Captain or colonel')
36(1)
Sonnet IX (`Lady that in the prime')
36(1)
Sonnet X (`Daughter to that good Earl')
37(1)
Arcades
38(3)
Lycidas
41(5)
A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle [`Comus']
46(30)
ENGLISH POEMS ADDED IN 1673
On the Death of a Fair Infant
76(3)
At a Vacation Exercise
79(3)
Sonnet XI (`A book was writ of late')
82(1)
Sonnet XII On the same (`I did but prompt the age')
82(1)
Sonnet XIII To Mr H. Lawes, on his Airs
83(1)
Sonnet XIV (`When Faith and Love')
83(1)
Sonnet XV On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
84(1)
Sonnet XVI (`When I consider how my light is spent')
84(1)
Sonnet XVII (`Lawrence of virtuous father')
85(1)
Sonnet XVIII (`Cyriack, whose grandsire')
85(1)
Sonnet XIX (`Methought I saw my late espoused saint')
86(1)
The Fifth Ode of Horace
86(1)
On the New Forcers of Conscience
87(10)
PSALM PARAPHRASES ADDED IN 1673
Psalms I-VIII
97(15)
Psalms LXXX-LXXXVIII
112(1)
UNCOLLECTED ENGLISH POEMS
On the Lord General Fairfax
113(1)
To the Lord General Cromwell
113(1)
To Sir Henry Vane the Younger
114(1)
To Mr Cyriack Skinner upon his Blindness
114(1)
`Fix Here'
115(1)
TRANSLATIONS FROM THE PROSE WORKS
`Ah Constantine, of how much ill'
116(1)
`Founded in chaste and humble poverty'
116(1)
`Then passed he to a flow'ry mountain green'
116(1)
`When I die'
116(1)
`Laughing to teach the truth'
117(1)
`Jesting decides great things'
117(1)
`'Tis you that say it, not I'
117(1)
`This is true liberty, when freeborn men'
117(1)
`Whom do we count a good man'
117(1)
`There can be slain'
118(1)
`Goddess of shades, and huntress'
118(1)
`Brutus far to the west'
118(1)
`Low in a mead of kine'
118(2)
PARADISE LOST
Book I
120(22)
Book II
142(28)
Book III
170(21)
Book IV
191(28)
Book V
219(24)
Book VI
243(25)
Book VII
268(17)
Book VIII
285(18)
Book IX
303(32)
Book X
335(30)
Book XI
365(24)
Book XII
389(18)
PARADISE REGAINED
The First Book
407(14)
The Second Book
421(13)
The Third Book
434(12)
The Fourth Book
446(17)
SAMSON AGONISTES 463(150)
THE LATIN AND GREEK POEMS
ELEGIARUM LIBER
Elegia I Ad Carolum Diodatum
512(5)
Elegia II In Obitum Praeconis Academici Cantabrigiensis
517(1)
Elegia III In Obitum Praesulis Wintoniensis
518(4)
Elegia IV Ad Thomam Iunium
522(6)
Elegia V In adventum veris
528(7)
Elegia VI Ad Carolum Diodatum, ruri commorantem
535(5)
Elegia VII Anno aetatis undevigesimo
540(3)
`Haec ego mente'
543(3)
In Proditionem Bombardicam
546(1)
In eandem
546(1)
In eandem
547(1)
In eandem
548(1)
In Inventorem Bombardae
548(1)
Ad Leonoram Romae canentem
548(1)
Ad eandem
549(1)
Ad eandem
550(1)
SILVARUM LIBER
In Obitum Procancellarii Medici
551(2)
In Quintum Novembris
553(11)
In Obitum Praesulis Eliensis
564(3)
Naturam non pati senium
567(4)
De Idea Platonica quemadmodum Aristoteles intellexit
571(2)
Ad Patrem
573(6)
Greek Verses: Psalm CXIV
579(1)
Philosophus ad Regem
580(1)
Ad Salsillum
580(3)
Mansus
583(5)
Epitaphium Damonis
588(13)
GREEK AND LATIN POEMS ADDED IN 1673
Apologus de Rustico et Hero
601(1)
In Effigiei eius Sculptorem
602(1)
Ad Ioannem Rousium
602(6)
LATIN POEMS FROM THE PROSE WORKS
Epigram from Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio
608(1)
Epigram from Defensio Secunda
608(2)
UNPUBLISHED LATIN POEMS
Carmina Elegiaca
610(1)
[Asclepiads]
611(2)
Notes 613(363)
Index of Titles 976(3)
Index of First Lines 979

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