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Birth of John Milton

Posted in Anniversary, Bible, Literature on Sunday, 28 November 2010

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Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden, “about them frisking play’d all beast of th’ Earth”. Illustration by John Millar Watt

9 December marks the anniversary of the birth of poet John Milton in 1608. Born in Cheapside, London, Milton was privately tutored and attended Christ’s College, Cambridge where his delicate looks and long hair earned him the nickname ‘the Lady of Christ’s’. After travelling in Europe, he became a private schoolmaster and regularly published tracts and pamphlets on education and politics. During the Restoration, he went into hiding and his writings were burnt, although he was later pardoned.

Milton published very little poetry but one, Paradise Lost (1667), and its sequel Paradise Regained (1671), have stood the test of time. The first concerns the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, the latter with the temptations of Christ. Milton died only a few years later, in 1674, at the age of 65.

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