A-Z: General definitions: Milton


(1608-1674) English poet, most famous for his epic poem, Paradise Lost. He was well educated, becoming proficient in Latin, Greek, Italian, French and Hebrew. During the English Civil War he sided with Cromwell and subsequently worked for the Commonwealth. When the monarchy was re-established in 1660 he was temporarily arrested. He completed Paradise Lost in 1667, having been blind since 1651.

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