A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by John Milton, who decided at a young age that God had called him to be a poet. Titles in this study guide include Paradise Lost, The Sonnets, and Minor Poems: On The Morning of Christ’s Nativity, L'Allegro, And Il Penseroso.
As a body of work of the seventeenth-century, Milton’s writing made use of popular Renaissance conventions in his day, such as the style of poetry called an epic. Moreover, his work’s style and mannerisms mimicked the grammatical structure of Latin, and gave it a more complex and classic sound.
John Milton (9 December 16088 November 1674) 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, and widely considered to be one of the greatest works of literature ever written.