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Complete English Poems (Everyman) Paperback – 13 Aug 1993


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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (13 Aug 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0460872753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0460872751
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,062,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Milton was born on 9 December 1608 in Cheapside,
London. He published little until the appearance of Poems of Mr
John Milton, both English and Latin in 1646, when he was 37. By
this time he was deeply committed to a political vocation, and
became an articulate and increasingly indispensable spokesman for
the Independent cause. He wrote the crucial justifications for the
trial and execution of Charles I, and, as Secretary for Foreign
Tongues to the Council of State, was the voice of the English revolution
to the world at large. After the failure of the Commonwealth
he was briefly imprisoned; blind and in straitened circumstances
he returned to poetry, and in 1667 published a ten-book version
of Paradise Lost, his biblical epic written, as he put it, after 'long
choosing, and beginning late'. In 1671, Paradise Regained and
Samson Agonistes appeared, followed two years later by an expanded
edition of his shorter poems. The canon was completed in 1674, the
year of his death, with the appearance of the twelve-book Paradise
Lost, which became a classic almost immediately. His influence on
English poetry and criticism has been incalculable.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By adeleclapp@hotmail.com on 23 Nov 2000
Format: Paperback
Milton's work is presented clearly in this book. There are page references so that readers can understand the classical allegory used and also some of his images. It also contains references to the texts that he is known to have used and the pages where you can find the relevant sections. It also contains a good chronology of his life and the introduction is also interesting. Overall, a good book for students of Milton
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Milton biographer's edition of Milton's poems 3 July 2000
By Tristan Saldana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I once said in another review that the number of editions of Milton's poetry could make choosing which one to purchase a tedious process. Gordon Campbell, who revised William Riley Parker's beautifully written biography of Milton, introduces the poems of this Everyman edition with a nice essay and an invaluable chronological table that aligns the poet's life with historical and literary events.
Also, Campbell's own voice comes across clearly which is unusual for an editor. In the second clause of the opening sentence of his introduction, Campbell insightfully speaks of Milton's bizarre talent in checking his great learning against his innate drive to create: " . . . it is remarkable that the weight of his erudition did not crush his genius for writing poetry."
Campbell's humility, which is felt in his confessions of weaknesses as an editor and scholar, comforts the reader through the most allusively amazing read that is Milton's poetry: "In struggling to avoid the occasional perils of dependence on earlier editors I have doubtless made mistakes of my own invention . . . ".
The leaves of the cloth-bound (not the paperback) Everyman edition are acid-free and sewn in signatures.
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