John Milton

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Born: 9 December 1608

Died: 8 November 1674


John Milton was an English poet, author and polemicist, son of composer John Milton the Elder. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost and for his treatise condemning censorship, Areopagitica.

He was an accomplished, scholarly man of letters, polemical writer and an official in the government of Oliver Cromwell. Milton was writing at a time of religious and political flux in England, and his poetry and prose reflect deep convictions, often reacting to contemporary circumstances. He wrote also in Latin and Italian, and had an international reputation in his lifetime.

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