The Complete Poems, Paperback Book

The Complete Poems Paperback

Edited by John Leonard

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John Milton was a master of almost every type of verse, from the classical to the religious and from the lyrical to the epic.

His early poems include the devotional 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity', 'Comus', a masque, and the pastoral elegy 'Lycidas'.

After Cromwell's death and the dashing of Milton's political hopes, he began composing Paradise Lost, which reflects his profound understanding of politics and power.

Written when Milton was at the height of his abilities, this great masterpiece fuses the Christian with the classical in its description of the fall of Man.

In Samson Agonistes, Milton's last work, the poet draws a parallel with his own life in the hero's struggle to renew his faith in God.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780140433630

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John Milton is a poet who wrote in the 17th century. It was a time of great upheavel in England, and Milton was in the thick of it. I started this book in January read up to Paradise Lost and put it down again and just lately I read that and the last two poems Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. I'll review these poems as these are epic works. Paradise Lost- traces the beginnings of the fall of man in creation. From the moment Satan was cast out of heaven till Adam's expulsion from the garden. I don't know where Milton got all his ideas but it is a very well written poem that manages to capture the tragedy of Adam's sin. Paradise Regained- Poem about the temptation of Christ in the desert. Connects to Paradise Lost in Jesus' substitution of Adam in being tempted by the Devil. I often wonder about Jesus' unique combination of humanity and divinity and while this poem doesn't solve that it provides some idea of the degree of Satan's challenge.Samson Agonistes- This poem takes place in the jail after Samson's arrest and betrayal by Delilah and ends with his death and the resulting death of the Philistines and the destruction of Dagon's palace.