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The first complete annotated edition of Milton's poetry available in a one-volume paperback. The text is established from original sources, with collations of all known manuscripts, chronology and verbal variants recorded. Works in Latin, Greek and Italian are included with new literal translations.


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The first complete annotated edition of Milton's poetry available in a one-volume paperback. The text is established from original sources, with collations of all known manuscripts, chronology and verbal variants recorded. Works in Latin, Greek and Italian are included with new literal translations.

30 review for The Complete Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Cash

    Milton is considered one of the few greatest poets in the English language, so obviously a complete collection of his poetry is going to be pretty good. As complete collections normally go, there's a lack of consistency in the interest level that some people are going to be bound to have as far as reading this straight-through goes. I just skimmed the Latin/Greek poems for instance since they basically seemed like exercises in writing classically that were nonessential for me. If I were to rank Milton is considered one of the few greatest poets in the English language, so obviously a complete collection of his poetry is going to be pretty good. As complete collections normally go, there's a lack of consistency in the interest level that some people are going to be bound to have as far as reading this straight-through goes. I just skimmed the Latin/Greek poems for instance since they basically seemed like exercises in writing classically that were nonessential for me. If I were to rank every work in this it would go like this: Paradise Lost 5/5 Paradise Regained 5/5 Samson Agonistes 4.5/5 Comus 4/5 Early poems 3/5 overall (some are higher/lower) Latin/Greek poems 2/5 Suffice to say these works are essential for any student of English writing, poetry, great human achievement in art, and Christianity or classicism in literature. I especially recommend reading Paradise Lost at least.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lancelot Schaubert

    originally @ http://literating.wordpress.com/2011/... John Milton in VOLUME FOUR of the Harvard classics feels like semi-automatic catharsis. One of his poems, an early composition on the passion of Christ Milton quit halfway, hid this gem: Befriend me, Night, best Patroness of grief! Over the pole thy thickest mantle throw, And work my flattered fancy to belief That Heaven and Earth are coloured with my woe; My sorrows are too dark for day to know: The leaves should all be black whereon I write, And le originally @ http://literating.wordpress.com/2011/... John Milton in VOLUME FOUR of the Harvard classics feels like semi-automatic catharsis. One of his poems, an early composition on the passion of Christ Milton quit halfway, hid this gem: Befriend me, Night, best Patroness of grief! Over the pole thy thickest mantle throw, And work my flattered fancy to belief That Heaven and Earth are coloured with my woe; My sorrows are too dark for day to know: The leaves should all be black whereon I write, And letters, where my tears have washed, a wannish white.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chantal

    How can you not give 5 stars to Milton?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    My third time through Paradise Lost, first time through Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Comus, etc. All appropriately staggering in their complexity and (newly apparent to me) their tenderness. I had read a smattering of the smaller poems before - a few sonnets and the poem on time. I mentioned to Jim Nance that I was taking a class on Milton and he proceeded to recite part of On the Morning of Christ's Nativity without moving from his chair, which was a surprise and a treat. Maybe I'm readi My third time through Paradise Lost, first time through Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Comus, etc. All appropriately staggering in their complexity and (newly apparent to me) their tenderness. I had read a smattering of the smaller poems before - a few sonnets and the poem on time. I mentioned to Jim Nance that I was taking a class on Milton and he proceeded to recite part of On the Morning of Christ's Nativity without moving from his chair, which was a surprise and a treat. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it was pretty amazing to see the consistency in Milton's poetry and how well it dovetails with what he says about poetry, education, and virtue in his prose writings. He truly believed poetry was a divine calling, able to shape desires and teach people how to worship. His Arian leanings are probably the only reason he's not the patron saint of Classical Christian Education.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dickson

    I had not read Milton for years and when I did, it was required reading. After re-reading Paradise Lost--and Regained--I ordered Blake's Milton from the Folio Society in England. Ouch, 90 or so pounds, but what a treat! Yes, I've decided that our educational system may have gone a bit astray in the late 60's when dead white European males fell out of favor. Now, before going off to write my American Studies phD thesis on "The Secret Life of TV Pundits" I plan to spend some time again out of Para I had not read Milton for years and when I did, it was required reading. After re-reading Paradise Lost--and Regained--I ordered Blake's Milton from the Folio Society in England. Ouch, 90 or so pounds, but what a treat! Yes, I've decided that our educational system may have gone a bit astray in the late 60's when dead white European males fell out of favor. Now, before going off to write my American Studies phD thesis on "The Secret Life of TV Pundits" I plan to spend some time again out of Paradise with Milton.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Topher

    Some dreadfully bookish stuff mixed in with some truly breathtaking and inimitable poetry that I could read a dozen more times and gain something new with each reading. Not for the faint of heart, but the guy was blind, wrote fifty meanings into every line and completely changed the face of the Christian religion (which most modern Christians don't even realize). Maybe he's worth a read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zayne

    I'm in the midst of this as a part of my Milton class. I'm learning the depths of allusion and Biblical mysticsm. And the poetic tradition of brag-adociousness. Milton to Mos Def...that would be a class!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andy Magnusson

    ... Farewell happy fields, Where joy forever dwells: hail, horrors!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trey Kennedy

    Spent most of my time with Paradise Lost. Still one of my favorite books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex Kartelias

    It saddens me to say I am not a huge fan of Paradise Lost. After abandoning it after the first book in 10th grade, I knew I needed to read it because of how significant it is to British literature. But now that it's done, I don't quite feel like he explained, "the ways of God to men". However, his, "On Time" is probably one of the finest poems written in the English language. It has haunted me ever since I read it years back. Perhaps Paradise Lost needs a second reading, but I won't deny that Mi It saddens me to say I am not a huge fan of Paradise Lost. After abandoning it after the first book in 10th grade, I knew I needed to read it because of how significant it is to British literature. But now that it's done, I don't quite feel like he explained, "the ways of God to men". However, his, "On Time" is probably one of the finest poems written in the English language. It has haunted me ever since I read it years back. Perhaps Paradise Lost needs a second reading, but I won't deny that Milton symbolized an era which would be unrecognizable without him.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Well it took me 8 months, but i finally made it through. There is definitely some worthwhile reading in here. I particularly liked Comus and Samson Agonistes. Paradise Lost was a bear to get through. It was interesting and so very different from my LDS view of the fall. Overall i'm glad i read this book. I read the version in volume 4 of the Harvard Classics.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Don Stanton

    Mind broadening, juxtaposition and unparalleled delving into the minds and thoughts of, what we often gloss over, Lucifer and God, concerning heaven and hell, war , struggle, sacrifice, eternal loss and redemption.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ash Connell-Gonzalez

    Milton's poetry is just okay. He's neither inventing a new form like Shakespeare, nor starting a new school of poetry like Donne; and I personally find his commitment to the religious aspect makes many of his sonnets repetitive.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Greg Olear

    They also serve who only stand and waite.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Goo

    Everyman: The Complete English Poems

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    kind of read. i realized i found paradise lost too long the first time around. there are about 150 pages of miscellaneous collected poems i also didn't read. but i read paradise regained for the first time, and that was pretty interesting (and much shorter.) i didn't know that it focuses mainly on the temptation of christ, and that's it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    It took me six years but I finished! Woot doggies. Turns out that Jesus was the good guy all along. I mean, I saw that coming.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    OH my God. So painful. I do enjoy his earlier poetry, but Paradise Lost just made my eyes glaze over.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Regina Davidovna

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Floyd

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric Willeforde

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hamada Adel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Collins

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Glenn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Crescibene

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