English epic poet, essayist and civil servant (1608–1674)
John Milton was an English poet and intellectual who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667). Written in blank verse, Paradise Lost is widely considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written.
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Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
I shall detain you no longer in the demonstration of what we should not do, but straight conduct ye to a hillside, where I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble education; laborious indeed at the first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect and melodious sounds on every side that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming.
Hail wedded love, mysterious law, true source Of human offspring, sole propriety, In Paradise of all things common else.
Attic tragedies of stateliest and most regal argument.
Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.
Chaos umpire sits And by decision more embroils the fray by which he reigns: next him high arbiter Chance governs all.
Come to the sunset tree! The day is past and gone; The woodman's axe lies free, And the reaper's work is done.
Ornate rhetorick taught out of the rule of Plato ... To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less suttle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate.
He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things ought himself to be a true poem.
What thou art is mine; Our state cannot be sever'd, we are one, One flesh; to lose thee were to lose myself.