Short Notes on John Milton

John Milton was the greatest poet of the puritan age. His poetry is remarkable for simple, sensuous and sublime expressions. Milton was born in the year 1608. Milton sings about himself and about his own lofty soul. From childhood Milton’s parents set him apart for the attainment of noble end. From boyhood to great principles seems to govern Milton’s careers, one of the love of beauty, music, art and literature. The other thing that influenced Milton’s career was his steadfast devotion to duty. A brief course at the famous st. Paul’s School in the London was the prelude to Milton’s entrance to Christ college, Cambridge.

Milton was a great scholar of classical and of religious literature. He was a great humanist and a great artist. Milton looked upon poetry as a serious business of life and he made up his mind to dedicate himself to it. His religious passion and the passion of Puritans came out uppermost in his great poems. Two things of personal interest are of great importance in Milton’s life, His marriage and his blindness. In 1643 Milton married Mary Powell. In a month she was tired of the puritan life of Milton and she abandoned him. From boyhood the strain on the poet’s had grown more and more But even his eyes sight was threatened, he continued to, he continued to write in the service of his country. “The Defensio” was the last work that Milton saw. Blindness fell upon him before it was published and from 1652 until his death in 1674. Milton’s laboured in total darkness in 1658.

Paradise Lost” was finished in 1665 After 7 years of Labours in darkness. The next year Milton began his “paradise regain”. In 1671 appeared “Samson Agonist”, The most powerful dramatic poems. In his early poems Milton appears as the inheritor of all that was best in Elizabethan literature. His first work, “The Ode On The Morning” of Christ’s nativity Reached the high watermark of lyric poetry in England. His other great poems “Comus and Lycidas” are the great poems, besides his great epics, Paradise Lost and paradise regain. Milton wrote some of the great sonnets. “On his blindness” is one of the best sonnet.

In Milton’s poetry we find a moral and spiritual lesson. All his poetry has some moral or spiritual purpose. Although all his works are borrowed from classics yet their treatment In his own sensuous and passionate expression. Milton is also the master of blank verse. In brief we can say that Milton brought into English poetry the dignity and elevation of classical poetry by his high moral favour, Milton died in 1674.


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