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John Milton By Cedric C. Brown

John Milton by Cedric C. Brown

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For the first time in an approachable, affordable volume this study treats the whole literary career of England's most distinguished protestant-republican poet and writer, considering the miscellaneous output in the light of contexts and political functions.

John Milton Summary

John Milton: A Literary Life by Cedric C. Brown

For the first time in an approachable, affordable volume this study treats the whole literary career of England's most distinguished protestant-republican poet and writer, considering the miscellaneous output in the light of contexts and political functions. It highlights self-presentational and persuasive characteristics, pays attention to the sense of vocation and also describes Milton's distinctive achievement in social genres. Milton's competitive humanist training is seen to accomodate uneasily to the specific demands of some public works. The book features unfamiliar texts, whilst canonical texts are set in the story of his long endeavours during a turbulent period in English history.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations - Introduction - Education: the 'Vacation Exercise' and Early Latin Poetry - Cultivating the Self: the 'Nativity Ode', Petrarchism, and the Social Poet - Occasions, Impulses, and the Sense of Vocation: from 'Arcades' to 'Lycidas' - Italy, Politics, and the Voice of Authority - Cultural Renewal in a Time of Free Speaking - Servant and Defender of the Commonwealth - Prophet to the Commonwealth - Paradise Lost: Spiritual Strengthening for Adverse Times - Last Days: Patience and Monuments - Notes - Brief Suggestions for Further Reading - Index

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NLS9780333425169
9780333425169
0333425162
John Milton: A Literary Life by Cedric C. Brown
New
Paperback
Palgrave Macmillan
1995-08-16
212
N/A
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