The Complete Poetry by John MiltonThis book is actually only 611 pages with 362 pages of notes. I didnt really bother to read the notes. Maybe another day Ill read this book again to study the whole thing over.
I really love Milton. He might just be my favorite poet. In college, I believe, I only read Paradise Lost. I might have read Paradise Regained, but I dont remember reading that one. The rest of these poems were brand new for me. Most of them I liked too.
One of the main reasons I like Milton is because hes such a good writer. Something about his poems give me light in my dark brain. I can see why William Blake liked him so much. I also like Milton because who he was as a person, but this is his poems, not his non-fiction, which I have to read at some point.
If you never read Milton before, I recommended him. Hes not really for everyone. Depends if you like old poets and dont mind pro-religious writers. His words are truly beautiful.
An Analysis of the Poem, On Shakespeare by John Milton
Almost years after the first folio of Shakespeare was published in , scholars believe they have identified the early owner of one copy of the text, who made hundreds of insightful annotations throughout: John Milton. The astonishing find, which academics say could be one of the most important literary discoveries of modern times, was made by Cambridge University fellow Jason Scott-Warren when he was reading an article about the anonymous annotator by Pennsylvania State University English professor Claire Bourne. Without it, 18 plays including Macbeth and The Tempest might have been lost to history. Around first folios were printed, with known to survive. But he soon found that other scholars were agreeing with him. This may be one of the most important literary discoveries of modern times.
Katharine writes both modern and traditional poetry, and has two books of poetry in print. The English sonnet also known as the Shakespearean or Elizabethan sonnet is one of the most well-known forms in the history of English language poetry. The word "sonnet" comes from the Italian word meaning "little song," and sonnets were indeed first written in Italy. Shakespeare is the most famous sonnet writer in English, not because he was the first to write sonnets in English that was the poet Thomas Wyatt at the start of the 16th century , but because he was the most prolific and influential English-speaking sonneteer of all time. He wrote more than sonnets, and many poets followed his form, which is a poem of 14 lines including three quatrains or verses of four lines with a volta, an ending final couplet and a specific rhyme scheme and meter. To write an English sonnet, you first need to know how to write in iambic pentameter. Iambic rhythm is essential for a sonnet.
Poetry the term derives from a variant of the Greek term, poiesis , "making" is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic    qualities of language —such as phonaesthetics , sound symbolism , and metre —to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. Poetry has a very long history , dating back to prehistorical times with the creation of hunting poetry in Africa , and panegyric and elegiac court poetry was developed extensively throughout the history of the empires of the Nile , Niger and Volta river valleys. Early poems in the Eurasian continent evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing , or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas , Zoroastrian Gathas , and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ancient Greek attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle 's Poetics , focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric , drama , song and comedy. Later attempts concentrated on features such as repetition, verse form and rhyme , and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from more objectively informative, prosaic forms of writing.
Gordon Campbell reckons that Milton's contribution was solicited for the second folio commendations because one from his father had appeared in the first folio , and the request represented a significant show of gratitude towards the Milton family. John Milton senior had been a trustee of Blackfriars Theatre , famed as the winter quarters after of the King's Men, the company of actors for whom Shakespeare served as chief playwright and also as a performer Campbell, "Shakespeare and the Youth of Milton" in Milton Quarterly The first-folio commendation appears as " To the memorie of M. In , the younger John Milton was just commencing M. Professor Campbell also believes that young John Milton wrote "On Shakespear" convinced that he was imitating an epitaph written by Shakespeare himself. Ingraven on his Toombe in Tong Church " may or may not have been written by Shakespeare, but Campbell has located several contemporary attributions and local people in the Shropshire village of Tong still refer to the epitaph, and its accompanying, "On S r Thomas Standly," as written by Shakespeare. The tomb on which the epitaphs appear is decorated with obelisks reminiscent of "Star-ypointing" pyramids.