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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    Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
    John Milton (1608–1674)

    Nor aught availed him now
    To have built in heav’n high tow’rs; nor did he scape
    By all his engines, but was headlong sent
    With his industrious crew to build in hell.
    —John Milton (1608–1674)

    Think of what our Nation stands for,
    Books from Boots’ and country lanes,
    Free speech, free passes, class distinction,
    Democracy and proper drains.
    —Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984)