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John Milton

by in F-J 05/10/2013

John Milton

Portrait of John Milton in National Portrait Gallery, London ca. 1629. Unknown artist (detail)Portrait of John Milton in National Portrait Gallery, London ca. 1629. Unknown artist (detail)

name: John Milton

birth date: 9 December 1608 (Old style)

birth place: Bread Street, Cheapside, London, England

death date: 8 November 1674 (aged 65)

John Milton (9 December 16088 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, a scholarly man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.

Milton’s poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, and Italian,

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