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Discuss two of Miltons works where his strong distinctive personality appears As we are studying the era of the renaissance we must not forget its central literary figure who is John Milton Milton appears in a very sensitive period when London was living a struggle between the king Charles followers who are called the Cavaliers and the parliaments who named themselves the Roundheads represented by the Puritans John Milton is a puritan poet He plays a very great role in this transitional period He reflects the great shift from the Renaissance to Restoration is his poems Milton has a very distinctive and strong poetic character All the poets of his age have tried to imitate the two poetic figures John Donne and Ben Jonson but the story was different for him His connection with those poets was very weak He respected Shakespeare very much and admired the lightness of the Spenserian poems and was touched by Jonsons unities of writing but the connection that tied him to those poets was very weak Milton wrote many poems in his life but the most important poem in his ode On the Morning of Christs Nativity As the title indicates this is poem is on the occasion of Christs birth It celebrates the birth of Christ and the end of paganism In this poem like all the other poems it is the music of language that attracts us The perfection here lies in the choice of words even the proper names remain different and mysterious The employed imageries are high suggested the meaning is also important and significant in this poem there is reflection of the conflict that Milton always felt between the appeal for old pagan forces and the appeal for Christianity In other words although he seems happy yet there is a strange feeling that the pagan forces unexplained forces applied to him He admired the pagan religion but the conflict
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