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Luther Samuel Livingston. Poems of Comus Hardcover. Francis Henry Egerton Creator. Comus, A Mask Kindle Edition. Arthur Rackham Illustrations. Comus - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham Hardcover. Livingston Paperback. His Italian tour was interrupted by news of the imminent outbreak of Civil War in England. This event, into which he threw himself with revolutionary ardour, silenced his poetic output for 20 years except for some Latin and Italian pieces and occasional sonnets, most of which were published in a volume of Poems in During the years after his return to London in , he devoted himself to the cause of the revolution with political activity and a series of pamphlets defending civil and religious liberties.
These included five pamphlets against episcopacy, including Apology for Smectymnuus , Smectymnuus was an attack on episcopacy by five Presbyterians. In Milton married Mary Powell, the daughter of a Royalist; when she failed to return to him after a visit to her parents in Oxford, Milton published The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce , followed by three supplementary pamphlets against the opponents of his views; these occasioned a threat of prosecution by a parliamentary committee dominated by the Presbyterians, who were now to be reckoned his chief enemies after the episcopacy pamphlets.
Areopagitica, A Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing was the famous vindication which is still quoted when the press finds itself in danger. Meanwhile, in his wife returned to him, accompanied by her whole family as refugees after the Battle of Naseby, and two years later Milton inherited sufficient money to give up his schoolteaching. The execution of Charles I launched him on his third public controversy, now addressed, however, to the conscience of Europe. As Latin secretary to the new council of state to which he was appointed immediately after his defence of the republicans The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates , , he became official apologist for the Commonwealth.
As such he wrote Eikonoklastes and two Defensiones , the first, Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio , addressed to the celebrated humanist Claudius Salmasius. The second, also in Latin, Defensio Secunda , contains autobiographical matter and so supplements the personal matter in the Apology for Smectymnuus.
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Meanwhile, his wife had died in , leaving three daughters, and he now married Catherine Woodcock, whose death two years later is the theme of his beautiful sonnet "Methought I saw my late espoused Saint". Although blind from onwards, he retained his Latin secretaryship until the Restoration , which he roused himself to resist in a last despairing effort as pamphleteer. But the fire had gone out of him, and The Readie and Easie Way , which pointed to dictatorship, became the target of the Royalist wits.
After the Restoration, Milton went into hiding for a short period, and then after the Act of Oblivion August he devoted himself wholly to poetry with the exception of his prose De Doctrina Christiana which did not appear until He married his third wife, Elizabeth Minshull, in This was the period of his most famous works, beginning with Paradise Lost completed , published , the theme of which had been in Milton's mind since It was originally to be a sacred drama; but when in his official duties were lightened so as to allow him to write, he chose the epic form.
The first three books reflect the triumph of the godly, so soon to be reversed; the last books, written in , are tinged with despair. God's kingdom is not of this world. But his wife died from complications following the birth, and his son died only months later. In that same year, Milton became totally blind. He had been aware that his eyesight was deteriorating, but he would be no more likely to reduce his reading and writing than he would give up his republican ideals or his idiosyncratic religious convictions: he simply had people to read and write for him.
The English author wrote much more than his iconic epic poem
He was married again, to Catherine Woodcock, in ; but she too died in childbirth just two years later, prompting the sonnet Methought I saw my late espoused saint. Having been spared by the intervention of Marvell and others following the restitution of the monarchy, Milton lived out his life in relatively quiet retirement. But his days were filled with creating some of the greatest poetry ever written. He would spend hours composing and remembering the blank verse of Paradise Lost before dictating it to his various amanuenses.
Samson Agonistes is more rebellious in tone: the hero is a man of enormous strength who has been blinded and duped by those he loved and is vowing vengeance.
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He died in , probably from gout. For some, Milton is not an easy poet.
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His style deliberately follows classical forms and uses classical techniques, references and allusions that are not immediately accessible to those who have not followed his rather proscriptive tenets on education. As a result, to some such as T. If not actually a misogynist, Milton certainly believed in the subordination of women. His puritan ethics are out of fashion although his belief that the chaste are likely to find marriage more difficult than those who enjoyed a variety of experiences before settling down might find more general favour.
But to some extent this difficulty is the point. Here was a man of formidable intellectual gifts that were allied to a magnificent ear for the music of English. The poetry is a rare combination of profound intent profoundly expressed, yet carrying this burden with a touch as light, beautiful and balanced as it is masterful and weighty. Downloading on a mobile device? Buy on CD at NaxosDirect.