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John Milton
(1608 - 1674)


    John Milton was one of the foremost literary figures of the world. Although he became blind at the age of forty five, his 'Paradise lost' stirred the hearts of the lovers of poetry.

    John Milton was born in 1608 in London. His father was a composer and mother was known for her charities. He received his early education at home under private tutors. Milton was a great lover and reader of books. After his M.A. degree, Milton went to ltaly. In 1639, he settled down in London, where he set up a school. Then he wrote several prose tracts for the cause of religious and civil liberties, from 1641-1660.

    John Milton had an inner urge for writing. In 1628 only, he wrote the earliest of his English poems. He wrote several short treatises on marriage and divorce, as he himself had faced divorce from his first wife which pained him and left a scar on his mind. In 1649, another treatise but of political nature, 'The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates' was published.


    To his shock, he became totally blind in 1659. He felt the difference between lighted and dark world. After turbulent period of sometime, he wrote 'Paradise Lost' in 1667. Today, it is considered a masterpiece of English literature. Some of his poems reflect his agony on becoming blind and then his acceptance of God's will. He wrote 'Paradise Regained' in 1677 and many other books followed. Thus, after attaining great heights as a poet, he died in 1674.

















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