Taking a Look at John Milton

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Often being ranked side by side with William Shakespeare and John Keats, John Milton is considered one of the most renowned English poets in the world of literature, as journalist and politician Joseph Devlin states, “... [T]he three greatest works are those of Homer, Dante and Shakespeare. These are closely followed by the works of Virgil and Milton.” Many make the misconception that Milton is part of the Romanticism movement along with Mary Shelly and William Blake but Milton’s career took place during the Late Renaissance and the Restoration Age. Paradise Lost and On His Blindness are two of Milton’s finest works; Milton incorporated the sacred telling’s of the Bible into these two poems by analyzing and elaborating on the teachings of Christianity to a depth that had not previously been reached. The reoccurring theme found in his work are disobedience, eternal providence and justification. Milton was not only a poet but also a scholarly man of letters and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England, creating a variety of literature from prose to political pamphlets. Having written in English, Latin and Italian, Milton earned international success as he wrote about deep personal conflictions as well as various works regarding the religious flux and political upheaval taking place during the late 17th century. Many of Milton’s work written in foreign languages, tend to show a more personal side of him than works written in English. Observes English critic Harold
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