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|John Milton (16081674)|
|Milton, John. One of the greatest of English poets; born in London, Dec. 9, 1608; died there, Nov. 8, 1674. He graduated at Cambridge in 1629; traveled in Italy, 1638; was Latin secretary of the Commonwealth, 1649; became totally blind in 1652. His greatest works were the famous epics Paradise Lost (1666) and Paradise Regained (1671); the tragedy Samson Agonistes (1671); the poems Comus (1634), Lycidas (1637); LAllegro (1645); Il Penseroso (1645); and his various sonnets. Of his prose writings the most renowned were Areopagitica (1644), advocating freedom of the press: The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649), justifying the execution of Charles I.; and the Defence of the English People (1654). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).|