Who is John Milton?

  • (noun): English poet; remembered primarily as the author of an epic poem describing humanity's fall from grace (1608-1674).
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John Milton

John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 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.

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    She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
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