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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 author’s genius in a thoughtfully assembled book that provides new modern-spelling versions of Milton’s texts, expert commentary, and a wealth of o 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 author’s genius in a thoughtfully assembled book that provides new modern-spelling versions of Milton’s texts, expert commentary, and a wealth of other features that will please even the most dedicated students of Milton’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 Milton’s verse, from masterpieces such as Paradise Lost–widely viewed as the finest epic poem in the English language–to shorter works such as the Nativity Ode, Lycidas,, A Masque and Samson Agonistes. Milton’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 Milton’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 Milton’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 contexts–including classical and biblical allusions–and offer concise accounts of the author’s philosophical and political assumptions. This edition is a consummate work of modern literary scholarship.


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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 author’s genius in a thoughtfully assembled book that provides new modern-spelling versions of Milton’s texts, expert commentary, and a wealth of o 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 author’s genius in a thoughtfully assembled book that provides new modern-spelling versions of Milton’s texts, expert commentary, and a wealth of other features that will please even the most dedicated students of Milton’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 Milton’s verse, from masterpieces such as Paradise Lost–widely viewed as the finest epic poem in the English language–to shorter works such as the Nativity Ode, Lycidas,, A Masque and Samson Agonistes. Milton’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 Milton’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 Milton’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 contexts–including classical and biblical allusions–and offer concise accounts of the author’s philosophical and political assumptions. This edition is a consummate work of modern literary scholarship.

30 review for The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Gerlach

    I had to get this book for a John Milton seminar I took in University. I still read this book to this day. It's insightful, moving, beautiful. John Milton has forever left an impact on my life. I had to get this book for a John Milton seminar I took in University. I still read this book to this day. It's insightful, moving, beautiful. John Milton has forever left an impact on my life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Hutto

    Perfect collection of Milton. After owning several editions of Milton collections this by far takes the cake. A very robust prose selection compared to other offerings. Footnote citation is also greatly appreciated as opposed to the endnote style of Oxford World Classics of Penguin.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clive Hazell

    A tough read but worth it The copious notes are quite stunning. As a psychotherapist I read this as a parable of emotional development. I read it following the recommendation of Wilfred Bion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Byrne

    Too many words!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Humphrey

    In addition to the larger works separately recorded, which were read from this edition, I also read Lycidas, the Masque, the sonnets, L'Allegro and Il Penseroso, and the selections from The Reason of Church Gov't, The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, and Of Reformation. The sonnets examining blindness were excellent; I thought Lycidas was pretty impressive as well. The footnotes provided in this edition were fascinating/helpful/informative. The five stars reflects this as an edition (footnote In addition to the larger works separately recorded, which were read from this edition, I also read Lycidas, the Masque, the sonnets, L'Allegro and Il Penseroso, and the selections from The Reason of Church Gov't, The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, and Of Reformation. The sonnets examining blindness were excellent; I thought Lycidas was pretty impressive as well. The footnotes provided in this edition were fascinating/helpful/informative. The five stars reflects this as an edition (footnotes, intros, etc.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    E.M. Welsh

    Read various excerpts from this book for class! My professor edited it and I found it overall well done.

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    Emily

    UGH. Here we go again.

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