Comus, a Maske (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Jun 26, 2016 - Poetry - 46 pages
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This Poem, which receiv'd its first occasion of birth from your selfe, and others of your noble familie, and much honour from your own Person in the per formance, now returns againe to make a finall dedi cation of it selfe to you. Although not openly ao knowledg'd by the Author, yet it is a legitimate off spring, solovely, and so much desired, that the often copying of it hath tir'd my pen to give my several] friends satisfaction, and brought me to a necessitie of producing it to the public]: view; and now to offer it up in all rightful] devotion to those faire hopes, and rare Endowments of your much g Youth, which give a full assurance, to that know you, of a future excellence Live sweet Lord to be the honour of your Name, and receive this as your owue, from the hands of him, who hath by many favours beene long oblig'd to your most honour' d Parents.

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John Milton, English scholar and classical poet, is one of the major figures of Western literature. He was born in 1608 into a prosperous London family. By the age of 17, he was proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Milton attended Cambridge University, earning a B.A. and an M.A. before secluding himself for five years to read, write and study on his own. It is believed that Milton read evertything that had been published in Latin, Greek, and English. He was considered one of the most educated men of his time. Milton also had a reputation as a radical. After his own wife left him early in their marriage, Milton published an unpopular treatise supporting divorce in the case of incompatibility. Milton was also a vocal supporter of Oliver Cromwell and worked for him. Milton's first work, Lycidas, an elegy on the death of a classmate, was published in 1632, and he had numerous works published in the ensuing years, including Pastoral and Areopagitica. His Christian epic poem, Paradise Lost, which traced humanity's fall from divine grace, appeared in 1667, assuring his place as one of the finest non-dramatic poet of the Renaissance Age. Milton went blind at the age of 43 from the incredible strain he placed on his eyes. Amazingly, Paradise Lost and his other major works, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, were composed after the lost of his sight. These major works were painstakingly and slowly dictated to secretaries. John Milton died in 1674.

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