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9780582437647

A Preface to Milton: Revised Edition

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    9780582437647

  • ISBN10:

    0582437644

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2000-08-18
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

A highly readable and illustrated introduction to the work of Milton, which provides both a biographical account of the poet and his influences, and a critical survey of his poetry. 

Author Biography

Lois Potter is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Foreword viii
Acknowledgements ix
Note On The Seccond Edition x
PART ONE: THE POET IN HIS SETTING
Biographical summaries
2(36)
Chronological table
2(4)
Education and reading
6(5)
The Italian journey
11(9)
Political experience
20(9)
Literary career
29(6)
Appearance and character
35(3)
Scientific background
38(15)
Milton and seventeenth-century science
38(5)
The macrocosm
43(4)
The microcosm
47(6)
Political and religious background
53(19)
Charles I and Laud
53(3)
Presbyterians and Independents
56(6)
Milton and religion
62(4)
Milton's concept of freedom
66(6)
Literary background
72(107)
Some foreign influences
72(5)
Milton and English poetry
77(6)
Masque and drama
83(14)
Epic and romance
97(10)
PART TWO: CRITICAL SURVEY
The young Milton, 1625--38
107(14)
Sonnet I `O Nightingale'
107(2)
Nativity Od+ stanzas XXIV-XXVII
109(4)
L'Allegr+ lines 91--116
113(3)
Comus, lines 778--798
116(3)
Lycidas, lines 1--14
119(2)
The years of revolution, 1639--60
121(5)
Sonnet XVII `Lawrence of virtuous father'
122(2)
Sonnet XV `Avenge O Lord thy slaughtered saints'
124(2)
After 1660: the great epic
126(19)
Paradise Lost, Book I, lines 40-49
128(1)
Book IV, lines 449-491
129(4)
Book V, lines 371-403
133(6)
Book II, lines 310-345
139(3)
Book VII, lines 1-39
142(3)
Last years: the two redeemers
145(9)
Paradise Regained, Book IV, lines 541-580
145(4)
Samson Agonistes, lines 1669-1707
149(5)
PART THREE: REFERENCE SECTION
Some myths
154(6)
Short biographies
160(8)
Bibliography
168(9)
Places to visit
177(2)
General Index 179(2)
Index to Milton's Works 181

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