John Milton Biography

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, written in blank verse.

Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica —written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship—is among history's most influential and impassioned defences of free speech and freedom of the press.

William Hayley's 1796 biography called him the "greatest English author," and he remains generally regarded "as one of the preeminent writers in the English language," though critical reception has oscillated in the centuries since his death. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
John Milton
Nationality:
England
Profession:
Writer, Poet, Author, Civil servant
Date of Birth:
December 9, 1608
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
November 8, 1674
Age at Death:
65
Marriages
  • 1656-11-12
    English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock
  • 1662-02-24
    English Poet and author of "Paradise Lost" John Milton marries 3rd wife Elizabeth Mynshull, 31 years his junior.
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