ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

(1608-1674)


John Milton studied at St Paul's School and Christ's College Cambridge (B.A. 1629, M.A. 1632). He lived with his father at Horton (1632-38), writing Comus in 1634 and Lycidas in 1637. He traveled in Italy (1637-39), upon his return tutoring his nephews Edward and John Phillips. After publishing pamphlets against episcopacy, and Areopagitica (1644), Milton became Latin secretary to the Council of State (1649). He defended the government in Eikonoklastes, Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio, and Defensio Secunda. Upon the Restoration Milton was arrested, fined, and released; he published Paradise Lost while living in retirement.


TEXT RECORDS:

1625 ca.On the Death of a Fair Infant.
1628 ca.At a Vacation Exercise.
1629On the Morning of Christ's Nativity.
1630 ca.Il Penseroso.
1630 ca.L'Allegro.
1630 ca.The Fifth Ode of Horace. Lib. I.
1630The Passion.
1634A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634. [Comus]
1638Lycidas.
1641Animadversions upon the Remonstrants Defence, against Smectymnuus.
1641The Reason of Church-Government urg'd against Prelaty.
1642An Apology against a Pamphlet call'd A modest Confutation.
1644Areopagitica.
1649Eikonoklastes.
1667Paradise Lost.

PUBLICATIONS:

A maske presented at Ludlow Castle. 1634.
Lycidas [in Justa Edovardo King]. 1638.
Epitaphium Damonis. 1640?
Of reformation touching Church discipline in England. 1641.
Of prelatical episcopacy. 1641.
Animadversions upon the remonstrant's defence. 1641.
The reason of Church-government urg'd against prelaty. 1641.
An apology against a pamphlet call'd A modest confutation. 1642.
The doctrine and discipline of divorce. 1643.
Of education. 1644.
The judgment of Martin Bucer concerning divorce. 1644.
Areopagitica. 1644.
Colasterion: a reply. 1645.
Tetrachordon: expositions upon the foure chief places in scripture. 1645.
Poems of Mr. John Milton. 1645.
The tenure of kings and magistrates. 1649.
Observations upon the articles of peace with the Irish rebels. 1649.
Eikoniklastes. 1649.
Pro populo anglicano defensio. 1651.
Pro populo anglicano defensio secunda. 1654.
Pro se defensio contra Alexandrum Morum ecclesiasten libelli famosi. 1655.
The Cabinet-Council. 1658.
A treatise of civil power in ecclesiastical causes. 1659.
Considerations touching the likeliest means to remove hirelings out of the church. 1659.
The readie and easie way to establish a free commonwealth. 1660.
Brief notes upon a late sermon. 1660.
Paradise lost. 1667, 1678.
Accedence commenc't grammar. 1669.
The history of Britain. 1670.
Paradise regain'd ... to which is added Samson Agonistes. 1671.
Joannis Miltoni Angli, Artis logicae plenior institutio. 1672.
Of true religion, haeresie, schism, toleration. 1673.
Poems &c. upon several occasions. 1673.
Works of Mr. John Milton. 1697.
Poems upon several occasions, ed. Thomas Warton. 1785.
Poetical works, ed. H. J. Todd. 7 vols, 1809.
Works, ed. Patterson. 21 vols, 1931-38.
Complete prose works, ed. D. M. Wolfe et. al. 10 vols, 1953-82.