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John Milton The poet John Milton has written books like Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained that are two of the greatest poems he ever wrote He is an English poet and a political writer who is thought to be the next better poet than Shakespeare John Milton the author of Paradise Lost considered by many people to be the greatest epic poem in English language Milton is also the author of Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes He wrote the first two of these works and probably his last when he was totally blind by the year 1652 He wrote Paradise Lost to justify the ways of God to manWorld Book 556 Milton lived from the year 1608 to 1674 and became totally blind in 1652 Milton was born in London on Dec 9 1608and attended St Pauls School After he graduated he went to Christs College at Cambridge University He wrote some poems there like On the Morning of Christs Nativity in 1629 and the companion poems L Allegro and ll Penseroso both in 1631 Even though his early training prepared him for a religious career he came top believe tyranny had invaded the church World Book 557 So he instead chose to dedicate to Gods service as a poet Upon graduating from Cambridge in 1632 he went to Horton his fathers country home to study and write At Horton Milton wrote two major pieces Comus and masque These were dramas with music He wrote the words and the noted Henry Lawes wrote the music Milton left Horton in 1638 for a 15 month European tour Well some time during the tour he heard there was some skirmish between the bishops and the Puritans He went back to England to support the Puritan cause through some political writings Civil conflicts divided England for 20 years 1640-1660 During this time period he stopped writing poems to work on be half of Parliament and
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