Early Life and Works
The son of a wealthy scrivener, Milton was educated at St. Paul's School and Christ's College, Cambridge. While Milton was at Cambridge he wrote poetry in both Latin and English, including the ode
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity (1629). Although the exact dates are unknown,
Il Penseroso were probably written not long after this. His dislike of the increasing ritualism in the Church of England was the reason he later gave for not fulfilling his plans to become a minister. Resolved to be a poet, Milton retired to his father's estate at Horton after leaving Cambridge and devoted himself to his studies. There he wrote the masque Comus (1634) and
Lycidas (1638), one of his greatest poems, an elegy on the death of his friend Edward King.
Sections in this article:
- Early Life and Works
- Political and Moral Tracts
- Later Life
- Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained
- Other Works
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